|Plot Summary of If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O|
When 60's folk singer Peggy Muryan moves to the small Tennessee town of Hamelin, it is with the purpose of writing material that will help her re-launch her singing career. She certainly does not expect a stalker to start sending her postcards with threatening messages, seemingly innocent lines from folk songs that all feature death, and which Peggy used to perform with her singing partner before she became famous. The sheriff, Spencer Arrowood, is attracted to Peggy, but at first he thinks the postcards are just pranks. He changes his mind when Peggy's pet dog is found horribly butchered and clues found on the body indicate that the killer may be a Vietnam veteran.
This brings Spencer's deputy, a veteran himself, to the fore, and he starts to investigate the possible Vietnam angle of the crime. It becomes even more urgent to find the stalker when a young woman disappears and is later found murdered. She had a strong resemblance to Peggy when she was young, and Peggy and Spencer both fear that Peggy may be next.
This synopsis report prepared by Jˇhanna
|Chapter Analysis of If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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