|Plot Summary of A Bitter Chill|
Poisoned Pen Press, Sept. 2005, ISBN: 1-59058-194-6
Aurelia Marcella is preparing her inn for the coming winter celebration of Saturnalia when her brother visits with some bad news: their family are suspected of planning treason against The Emperor! Also a new gang of criminals have started a protection racket and the inn is to be a 'client'. Finally an obnoxious and influential family have stopped at the inn ... then one of them is killed with Aurelia in the Frame!
As well as detailing Roman Britain life in the furthest reaches, the innkeeper must discover an assassin in their midst before the authorities decides her family are all guilty and must be executed!
This synopsis report prepared by Alan J. Bishop
|Chapter Analysis of A Bitter Chill|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- ancient rome
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- investigator him/herself
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- running a business/making a living
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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