Elizabeth C. Main
Adult Fiction MAIN
Summary: Jane Serrano had been a well-behaved, bookish child who derived much pleasure from reading, and she had always checked the last page of a book before reading it to make sure it had a happy ending. Her storybook-perfect life continued as she grew to adulthood. She had a loving husband, three healthy daughters, and a secure place in the small Central Oregon community of Juniper.Then, her perfect life shattered. Following the accidental death of her husband, Jane's reading matter started to include books on grief, and when her youngest daughter Bianca began to act out, Jane added books on the management of mother-daughter conflicts. To fill her empty days, Jane took a part-time job at Thornton's Books, a small, independent bookstore, and in her free time she pored over self-help books, seeking the key that would unlock the future and let her escape this grim new reality.But when Bianca announced at the Murder of the Month Book Club meeting at Thornton's that she was positive the popular Russell County District Attorney had killed his wife, Jane threw away her books once and for all. In the space of a few frantic days, Bianca disappears and the district attorney she had accused of being a murderer is shot to death. With all evidence pointing to Bianca as his killer, Jane is forced to rely on the bumbling assistance of the Murder of the Month Book Club'and a one-eyed dog named Wendell'to help her.Frantic to save her daughter, Jane discards her natural reticence and confronts the police and the possibility of a multiple killer. In her successful effort to find, and clear Bianca of murder, Jane discovers a courage she never knew she possessed, a new excitement about life, and a most unlikely set of detectives in the Murder of the Month Book Club.
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Real name is Louise; accuses a man of murder and tries to get her mom involved in the case; winds up being accused of the murder herself.
Bianca's mother; belongs to a Murder of the Month club; the club helps her daughter solve the murder case.