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Clutch of Constables Book Review Summary

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On a whim, artist Troy Alleyn, wife of the famous inspector Roderick Alleyn, decides to take a relaxing 5-day boat ride up the river on a pleasure craft called "The Zodiac." She soon discovers several eccecentric personalites among her fellow passangers ... but little does she realize that one is also diabolical murderer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his plans. This mystery will keep you guessing right up to the last chapter!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat    -   drowning

Writing Style

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

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