|Plot Summary of At Wick's End|
Berkley, Feb 2004, 5.99, 192 pp.
Bell Black knows who robbed the jewelry store and murdered the owner. She confronts him with his crime after she hides the jewel he dropped. She asks him to give himself up before she turns him in, but he kills her after she refused to give him the diamond with his fingerprint on it. The culprit makes it seem as if she had an accident while climbing up a ladder to get inventory.
Harrison Black is shocked to learn his Great Aunt Belle has died and that she left her candle making shop At Wick's End to him along with River's Edge, the shopping complex where the store is located. Almost from the very beginning he doesn't think Belle's death is an accident and since the police can't be bothered, Harrison sets up a trap that almost makes him the killer's next victim.
Before Harrison got his inheritance he was a drifter going from job to job living to find a career that satisfied him. When he inherits AT WICKS END he learns the business and finds for the first time in his life he's contented. He's motivated to learn the ins and outs of the business and the audience sees a maturity in him that wasn't there at the beginning of the story. Tim Myers' new amateur sleuth series is a smashing successful debut.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of At Wick's End|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- theft/fraud investigation
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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