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1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s

Jacqueline Cayer Nelson McDonald

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Paper girl Jackie is a loner who can tell good people from bad at a glance. Caretaker to her baby brother and simple, strong-man uncle, she seeks escape in mystical art and the nighttime stalking of an odd stranger. Both surreptitious activities yield unexpected insight into two unrelated murders.



Short Summary

Sent to live with her great aunt and Pappy an undertaker, Jackie finds a hidden newspaper clipping about the unsolved murder of Pappy's partner. Later that same evening, she witnesses an irreverent prank involving a deceased celebrity that, years later, is key to solving Pappy's partner's murder.

Back at home, in the course of delivering the daily newspaper, Jackie unwittingly collects information relevant to a local murder investigation. Compelled to provide an alibi for a falsely accused stranger, she seeks out and partners with the case detective. Together, they solve both murders.


1950's sister cities Lowell & Lawrence, MA; Greenwich Village, NYC

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Jackie

Age: 8 - 12

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Religious,Complex,Engaging,Lone Wolf,Heroic,Visionary,Secretive,Selfless,Leader,Aggressive,Aspiring,Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Detective Dahm

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Honorable,Leader,Faithful,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Mon Oncle (Uncle Vic)

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Uneducated,Heroic,Naive,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Leo Boisvert

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Criminal,Desperate,Insecure,Unapologetic,Manipulative

Development Pitch

THE PAPER ROUTE is the first book in a trilogy. It's a murder mystery wrapped in a family saga. Audiences will be smitten by Jackie, the paper girl and her baby brother, Moe Chou-Chou. They'll cheer her simple, strong-man uncle and jeer at his nemesis. They'll be moved by her parents' tragic love story and heartened when Detective Dahm recognizes Jackie as part mystic, part truant and takes her and her two wards, Moe and Mon Oncle, under his wing. Forged in Catholicism, longing and loss, the bond Jackie and the Detective share makes them a formidable investigative team. Their crime-solving adventures take them from their humble mill town to Jack Kerouac's Greenwich Village. By the end of the story, the audience, like the Detective, will want to know Jackie's ultimate fate.

About The Author

Hailing from Kerouac's hometown, I'm an imperfect believer, wife, mother, grandmother and failed vegan. I've made our living writing commercial newsletters and marketing collateral for a high-tech company headquartered in Tel Aviv. Born writer; re-born novelist.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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