|Plot Summary of Killing Cousins|
|"Torie O'Shea, New Kassel's town historian, is excited. Besides returning to work after the birth of son Matthew, her new step-father has bought the contents of the Finch Estate. Catherine Finch was a famous jazz singer in the '30s and lived in New Kassel. In addition to the estate, Torie is writing a biography of Finch. In her background work for the biography she becomes obsessed with stories about Catherine's kidnapped baby boy, which remained unsolved. When the skeleton of a baby is found in a nearby condemned building, two days after another body was found, Torie is convinced they've found the body of Byron Finch and that the deaths are somehow linked."
Abby White, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Killing Cousins|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Part of a series?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
- frying (electrocuted)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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