A Deadly Brew - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 4 Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the winter of 1353, the University city of Cambridge is cold, soaking and beset by outlaws. Three members of the University are killed by drinking poisoned wine and Doctor Bartholomew must find out how they were poisoned. Were they victims of a college conspiracy or the enimity of the townfolk? As he investigates, Matthew comes across bottles of poisoned wine, criminal activities and is attacked by a ruthless killer. Even his relatives and friends are implicated in what seems to be a combination of commercial greed and academic intrigue.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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