|Plot Summary of Hickory Dickory Stalk|
|" E.J. Pugh returns for her second murder mystery, in which her family is threatened by an obsessive stalker. First, E.J.'s five-year-old daughter Megan eats a Hershey's Kiss laced with glass found in their backyard, and the new family living in the murdered Lester family's house are far from normal: Aurthur and Ginger McLemore, and their young son Connor are a 'Stepford' kind of family; their teenage son Brad is the opposite, rebelling in both appearance and behavior.
Noticing her jewelry and lingerie have been disturbed after having Brad babysit and catching Brad window-peeping, E.J. thinks he may have planted the glass-laced choclate in her back yard. Her suspicions are laid to rest when she finds Brad McLemore's nude strangled body in the back seat of her station wagon. The local sheriff thinks E.J. must have done it because of the multiple complaints she lodged about Brad, and the fact that he was strangled with E.J.'s garden hose.
Soon, more attacks occur. The Pugh's backyard is firebombed, nasty personal ads are put in the newspaper in E.J.'s name, E.J.'s computer is flooded with vulgarities, and somehow Willis Pugh's new business partner, Doug Kingsley, thinks E.J. is a loose woman and hot for him. Who wants E.J. out of the picture? Why are they crazy enough to want to sully her reputation and kill her at the same time?
Joe Burkholder, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Hickory Dickory Stalk|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- very humorous
Time/era of story:
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
Part of a series?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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