|Plot Summary of Death in Provence|
Intrigue, Nov 2003, 24.95, 391 pp.
Superintendent Lauriant is in a small French village to bury a man and wait until his widow's grief eases a bit so they can find out if they can have a future together. While there, he is prevails upon by Chief Inspector Gischard to try to solve the murder of Gilles Mondras, a man universally hated by all who knew him. Lauriant learns that Gilles had enemies from both sides of the tracks and from people who believed he was a traitor during WW II. In a DEAD MAN'S MORNING readers are treated to a very cerebral brain twister.
The big issue in France in the late 1960's is freedom for the colony of Algeria. When Marc-Henri Cailleburt, who is adamantly opposed to granting Algeria its independence, is murdered, government officials are afraid that his death could cause civil unrest. State secretary, Hector Biaggi orders Superintendent Lauriant to find out what happened. THE SINS OF THE FATHER is a fun police procedural starring a very sympathetic and kind-hearted protagonist who believes in justice
Both stories that make up this collection are solid police procedurals due to the superb protagonists, a dedicated individual trying to see that justice is served, French style.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Death in Provence|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, British
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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