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Broadman & Holman, Sept 2002, 12.99, 320 pp.
ISBN 0805425586

After her husband and child died in an automobile accident, Pippa left England and moved to Ryde Maryland where she opened up Hunnechurch & Associates, Executive Recruiters. Her business is doing well until one of her placements, Barry Goodwin supposedly kills himself, and in his e-mail suicide note blames Pippa.

At first, nobody realizes that someone who did not want him making the flaws of the CM-7 heart replacement valve public murdered Barry. When Pippa realizes Barry might have been murdered she tries to ferret out the killer in hopes of salvaging her floundering business.
After a while her motives change and Barry's quest becomes her mission even if it puts her in danger from a killer who has no mercy.

THE SECOND MILE is a clever amateur sleuth novel that stars a very feisty and strong-willed heroine whose faith sustains her in times of crisis. The mystery is complex with enough suspects to keep reading guessing until the climax is reached. Ron and Janet Berney have written a mystery series that will have wide appeal to more than just fans of the sub-genre.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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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% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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