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Robbery, scheming relatives, jealous friends, surprising romantic attachments, and a dead body have Mrs. Risk and her sidekick Rachel trying to piece together the clues before the wrong suspect ends up in jail. Set in the picturesque village of Wyndham and the colorful Catskills, Zeman layers secrets upon secrets, moves quickly from past events to the present and crafts gripping, humorous characters, who are all the more brilliant because their dreams and their hopes are sadly rooted in what they perceive to have been their glorious showbusiness past.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   best friend Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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