A Bitter Chill Book Summary and Study Guide

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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!
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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!
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Plot & Themes

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?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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