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The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
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Sep 04, 13

Read in June, 2012

The book is a suspenseful murder mystery and an exploration of grief and the way people deal with it.

Penelope's story opens in Neverland, the seamy underside of Cleveland. You never thought of Cleveland as having seams, right? Penelope is looking for some last trace of her brother, and for pretty things to add to her vast collection of obsessively ordered keepsakes. And suddenly a shot bursts through a window right above Penelope's head. A girl, a young stripper, is the victim of that shooting. Penelope seems to be the only one who cares about the crime. Now, she has a new obsession - solving Sapphire's murder. And she has a new friend, a homeless teen artist who calls himself Flynt, who reluctantly agrees to help her. But is he only trying to make sure Lo doesn't find the answers? Savvy murder mystery readers might guess who the culprit is but it is Lo's relationship with Flynt that drives this book, along with Lo's discoveries about Sapphire and herself.
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