|Plot Summary of Rest in Pieces|
|"This is the second book in Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy Series. The series is about a small town lady named Harry who is divorced, lives with two animals (a cat and a corgi), and works at the local post office. She works at the 'central location' of her town so she gets to hear all of the gossip and everyone comes to visit her when they get their mail. She's also divorced which makes it interesting as she tries to work on her 'friendship' with her ex-husband. The fun part of the book is that all of the animals in the book TALK to each other (humans of course can't hear them) and they also help Harry solve crimes.
In this book, Harry is introduced to a new neighbor, Blair, which she becomes friends (or more?) with. Blair is a city boy who decides to move to the country (can't say why) and Harry helps him adjust. Parts of a dead body show up in a cemetary on Blair's property, though! From there it's a "who done it" book with the locals suspicious of each other. Things get worse when the head of the body shows up at a town party!
Brad Howard, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Rest in Pieces|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- dog/cat investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- animal antics
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
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
- Average intelligence
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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