A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne is a third-person narration told by a 35-year-old woman. Marsha, the girl, lives in one of the typical Washington D.C. suburbs in a nuclear family. She feels pretty good with her dad, mum and twin brother and sister. They lead a quiet life in the area where everything is homelike, quiet and familiar. One of these days two unpleasant accidents outrage a peaceful being of the neighbourhood.
The first is rather personal concerning one residence in the area. It is Marsha’s father escape with his sister-in-law. Despite Marsha is only 10, she sees desperate attempts of her mum to cope with the betrayal. Moreover, the girl clearly anticipates the troubles the family will have further as managing the children and the house by a single parent is not an easy thing. The girl feels lonely without her siblings beside and sees that her mum is so distressed that has no care for her.
Soon after her father abandoned them, another stunning event makes everyone wake up to reality. Boyd Ellison who was only 12 years old is found murdered at the local mall. The murder is a headliner for their quiet district, and, to Marsha’s opinion, is so cruel and unexpected that makes her completely penetrate in the juncture. Now when she is 35, Marsha understands that it was her way out of the problem, the way to deaden her hurt feelings about the father. Being an observant child, she tries to figure out the events preceded the murder. It seems so visible for her that their new neighbor Mr. Green committed the crime. She notes her observations in the diary and does a detailed analysis of all the happenings at the time span of the bloody crime. Finally, she collects all the facts in one and concludes that it is Mr. Green who has killed Boyd. First, Mr. Green is a bachelor which makes him different from other inhabitants. Moreover, he is an alien in their small family-friendly community. In fact, he drives the same car as the killer does. Finally, his actions soon after the murder were quite strange as right out of the blue he invited everyone out for barbeque.
Marsha shares her views with mum. Before the police came, the mum who was much attracted by Green’s personality, tried to persuade Marsha that it was not the right thing to accuse someone if he was not suspected by the police. As it turns out Mr. Green he has an alibi. Now Marsha realizes that she has accused an innocent man but that time she like any other straightforward child was considering every strange coincidence a crime. The visible things are not always true, and first, they must be proved otherwise it may hurt people and ruin their life.
A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne is a third-person narration told by a 35-year-old woman. Marsha, the girl, lives in one of the typical Washington D.C. suburbs in a nuclear family. She feels pretty good with her dad, mum and twin brother and sister. They lead a quiet life in the area where everything is homelike, quiet and familiar.