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Late Irish business magnate Eamon Byrne speaks to his dysfunctional family on videotape at the reading of his will. Byrne attempts to force his family to work together by giving each one a line from an ancient Celtic epic poem. Taken together, the lines lead to a great treasure, which can only be found if the family pulls together and shares the clues. Drawn into this mess are Lara McClintoch, a Toronto antique dealer, and her associate Alex Stewart, who become involved in the treasure hunt as a lark and as an excuse to explore the lovely County Kerry countryside. When the hunt turns deadly, amateur sleuths Lara and Alex can't resist the temptation to ferret out the killer.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts    -   search for gems/treasure/money Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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