Death on the Downs Book Summary and Study Guide

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When retiree Carole Seddon decides to take a walk and explore the South Downs of the town of Weldisham she gets caught in a sudden rainstorm. She runs for shelter in an old barn where she finds two fertilizer bags stuffed with human bones. Once she gets back to the town she reports her find to the local police. News travels quickly in Weldisham and before her ride home arrives the news of her discovery is the talk of the local pub. The townspeople think the remains may be of a missing girl named Tamsin Lutteridge.
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Carole retuns home to Fethering and tells her friend and neighbor Jude about the bones and the missing girl. Jude knows Tasmin and is able to locate her at a retreat run by a new age healer. Carole returns to Weldisham looking for clues but the townspeople are reluctant to open up to an outsider. When she and Jude figure out the identity of the victim and her killer a number of past secrets are revealed and another murder takes place.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   retiree Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes

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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