Death of a Dancer Book Summary and Study Guide

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After having left New Orleans about a year ago, Marshall's Bayou's Chief of Police Dassas Cormier returns to this city for a short visit with his nephew. Though he loves its lively jazz musicians and hum of streetcars, the place brings back dark haunting memories: not long ago, while still a police officer for the New Orleans Police Department, he had shot an innocent woman by mistake, an event that has left him permanently scarred for life.
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However, what was meant to be a pleasant stay soon turns into a nightmare when Cormier learns that his dear friend Cherry Blossom, a sweet and kind dancer who once had quite literally saved his life, was murdered, shot twice in her bedroom.

Cormier makes a pledge: to find her killer and bring him or her to justice.

Although a man already has been arrested, after a short interrogation with him Cormier believes this suspect is innocent of the crime. His investigations soon led him to realize that Cherry's death goes beyond a simple murder. His former partner and best friend Ty Fuller seems to know more than he's willing to admit, an emerald necklace has disappeared, a federal agent is following Cormier, and Josiah Powers, one of the most influential mean in the city, soon to run for major, seems to be connected with the murder.

Told in the first person, this is a cozy mystery set in 1920's New Orleans.

The review of this Book prepared by Mayra Calvani

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%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?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   dancer Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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