THE PAPER ROUTE
DETECTIVE CRIME HISTORICAL FICTION FAMILY DRAMA MYSTERY RELIGIOUS
CRIME, MURDER MYSTERY, FAMILY DRAMA.
1940s & '50s
PAPER CASES, PAPER GIRL, MURDERS UNREAD
JACKIE: 8-10. LEAD. DETERMINED, PASSIONATE, & LOVING.
AUNT BLANCHE: 50+. MR. BANCROFT'S SIGNIFICANT OTHER & JACKIE'S GREAT AUNT.
DETECTIVE DAHM: 30+. DETECTIVE ON THE MURDER CASE & JACKIE'S GO-TO TO INFORM ABOUT PLOUFFE.
RONALD PLOUFFE: 30+. COOK AT CAMEO DINER & JACKIE'S PENGUIN MAN.
LOUISE & LEO BOISVERT. 30+. LOUISE WAS COUTU'S MISTRESS & THEY BOTH WERE PRIME SUSPECTS IN COUTU'S MURDER CASE & JACKIE'S PAPER CUSTOMERS.
UNCLE VICTOR: 40+. MILL WORKER WHERE BOISVERT WORKS & JACKIE'S UNCLE.
A mill-town paper girl has an unnatural ability to discern good from evil at first sight. In the course of her daily delivery of the newspaper, she unwittingly collects information relevant to an on-going murder investigation and is key to solving a cold case involving her great aunt
Target Gender: Universal
Mid-century, mill town, Lowell, Massachusetts & NYC
Based on a True Story
To escape her grim reality, a paper girl surveils an odd, nocturnal stranger who is later wrongly accused of murder. Compelled to alibi him, she seeks out and bonds with the case detective who takes the paper girl, her baby brother and simple uncle under his wing.
The detective's childless family includes his wife and her brother, Jack Kerouac. Through them, the paper girl is introduced to New York City's circle of beat writers and artists, one of whom, it turns out, shares a disturbing connection with her great Aunt.
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Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Age: 8 - 13
Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Religious,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic
Additional Character Details
Name: Detective Dahm
Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Confident,Blunt,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Victor the Strong man
Key Traits: Masculine,Obedient,Uneducated,Complex,Religious,Faithful
Additional Character Details
Name: Jack Kerouac
Key Traits: Narcisstic,Aggressive,Masculine
THE PAPER ROUTE is a 74,250 word family saga set in mid-century, mill-town Lowell, Massachusetts. It's about a paper girl with a subtle and untapped ability to discern good from evil at first sight. In the course of her daily delivery of the newspaper, she unwittingly collects information relevant to an ongoing murder investigation. Compelled to undo an injustice, the paper girl seeks out and shares her insights with the case detective who comes to regard her fondly as part mystic, part truant. Together, they become a formidable crime solving duo. Forged in Catholicism, longing and loss, the bond between the paper girl and the detective grows to envelope their respective families which include the paper girl's unofficial wards, Chou-chou, her baby brother and Victor the Strongman, her simple uncle. The detective's childless family includes his wife, Caroline and her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joan Kerouac. Through them, the paper girl is introduced to New York City's circle of beat writers and artists, one of whom, it turns out, shares a disturbing connection with her and her late great aunt. Recognizing that the paper girl's uncanny ability exposes her to evil, the detective vows to protect her from any and all miscreants, known and unknown. THE PAPER ROUTE, my first book in a planned trilogy, is a cross between HARRIET THE SPY and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.
SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA
Inquisitive and curious paper girl, Jackie, recreationally does surveillance on her neighborhood to only come close to unraveling two murder cases. She then goes to the detective on the case to solve the crime to prove innocence of the falsely accused man.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile did a good job reflecting the book.
Draw of Story
Crime stories are always intriguing, so the fact that a young girl was fascinated and motivated to solve crimes in her neighborhood was very cool to read.
A few things that made me put the book down was the structure of the book. It could have been put together a little better. Also, it was unclear in a few places where the plot was going and the importance of certain characters for the story to progress.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that it would be a cool new take on Nancy Drew. Watching a young girl who delivers newspapers go on to solve crimes with a detective out of sheer curiosity.
I don't believe it would have a large fanbase, but it can certainly attract audience, especially younger generations.
If the cast that is picked does a phenomenal job with the story, there may be potential for awards.
Similar Films/TV Series
NANCY DREW, HARRIET THE SPY, GET A CLUE, CARMEN SANDIEGO, PERRY MASON (SINCE THEY WATCH PERRY MASON IN THE BOOK).
What’s New About the Story
The fact that Jackie is a young girl who does not come from a wealthy family makes it very interesting. Making the story unique because it shows that passion for crime-solving can come at any age and from any walks of life.
Jackie is a passionate, curious, and unrelenting little girl, who doesn't back down in the face of danger. She is shrewd, loving, and honest. Even after living in a big family with altering lifestyles, Jackie knows how to adjust accordingly and make sure she is respectful to everyone.
Uniqueness of Story
There is potential for this story to be a rare gem. The story of a young paper girl being fascinated with murder mystery cases to fill time in her day is unique.
Film - Streaming
WORK IN PROGRESS
The story isn't necessarily an absolute rare gem, it has its moments, but overall is an already fleshed out outline from a lot of stories done before.
Tips for Improvement
It is unique enough where previous crime dramas haven't revolved around a young paper girl, but the story needs more of attention grabbing details. Also, the introduction to characters such as Coutu and Boisvert could have been done a little smoother than how it was done.
A passionate young paper girl teams up with a detective to solve not only one but two murder cases that happen in her paper route. Her determination to prove a falsely accused man's innocence sets off a chain of events that brings multiple stories to life.
What We Liked
The attraction towards kids and murder mystery was a fun take. Jackie was intriguing as a character to follow along with. Even through her personal trials and tribulations, Jackie never backs down from a good murder mystery. Regardless of circumstances, detective Dahm and Jackie teamed to solve cases.
Film: Due to its low budget, the story could also be made as a TV movie, perhaps for streaming with sequel potentials. With young audience, it can be viewed at home and enjoyed as a leisure family bonding experience.
TV: The book can be made into a series with hopes of having multiple seasons, as the main character Jackie disappears at the end. The mystery, crime, and family drama aspect of it is very compelling to watch.
Key points: Low Budget; Murder mystery; Young children as audience; Proving a man's innocence; Justice
Jackie is part of a big family. Her mother, Marguerite, is now pregnant with a third child. Jackie has an older brother named Raymond, and she wishes to have a sister. Marguerite’s mother, who they call Mémère, has her two sisters visiting. Mémère calls upon Jackie to greet her great aunts. Aunt Blanche then gives Jackie a silver dollar, and asks if she would like to come and stay with her and Pappy, her undertaker partner, for a while, to which Jackie agrees. Jackie then proceeds to go and pack, and finds her mother laying down, resting.
On their way to aunt Blanche’s house, which she shares with Pappy, Jackie reminisces about her time with her family. Upon arriving, Jackie notices that the ground floor is where the funeral home that Pappy owns is. The second floor is Blanche and Pappy’s home, and the top floor is occupied by a gay couple, which she is told to stay away from.
On the day Jackie is to return home from Blanche’s, her great aunt reveals the news that Jackie now has a baby brother to go home to. She falls in love with baby Moe and takes care of him all summer. As soon as school starts, Jackie starts to concentrate on her classes and Penguin Man, a strange tall man that has been creeping around the neighborhood. She spends late nights spying on him, and keeping tabs. After a couple of non-eventful weeks, the newspaper headlines show a murder case that frames the Penguin Man, AKA Mr. Plouffe. Jackie, however, believes that Mr. Plouffe is innocent of this crime.
Jackie goes to the police station to speak with Detective Dahm, who is in charge of Coutu's murder case. Hoping to prove his innocence, Jackie delivers her surveillance journal to Detective Dahm.
In a twist, Detective Dahm arrests widow Adele Coutu for the murder of David Coutu. However, both Dahm and Adele know that she did not murder her husband. Dahm awaits for Adele to confess everything anyway. When Dahm goes to visit Adele in prison, he shows her the guest check he had found in Old Man Coutu’s suitcase, in which it was clear that David Coutu had shot himself. Dahm had to tell Adele that the gun he had procured was from a poker game won against his father, and that it was given to his father by Louise Boisvert, Coutu's mistress.
A year after the Coutu case is closed, the Bancroft-Libby case reopens as Jackie and Detective Dahm comes across a familiar face from Jackie's visit to Blanche's house.