|Plot Summary of A Deep Blue Farewell|
Signet, August 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
Former police office turned private detective Scotia Mackinnon lives and practices in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The island's elected officials have allowed outdoor clothing manufacturer On The Edge to do a photo shoot at American Camp, a nature preserve. One of the people associated with the shoot M.J. Carlyle has hired Scotia to find out what happened to his sister, Tina Breckenridge an experienced sailor, who mysteriously disappeared in the San Juan archipelago.
All her inquires come to naught. Soon Scotia's client is killed with the sheriff ruling it an accident. Tina's partner also meets with misfortune winding up in the hospital. While this is going on, Scotia receives anonymously threatening e-mails warning her to back off the case. The e-mails and the death of M.J. make the feisty detective need to find some answers no matter the cost to herself.
Putting Scotia Mackinnon on the case is a sure fire guarantee that she will go the extra mile to see justice occurs. Sharon Duncan has created a clever and feisty protagonist who knows how to cope with a client but is sometimes at a loss with how to relate with her hippie mother and her college age daughter. The mystery comes from today's headlines making it believable and realistic, but mostly entertaining.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of A Deep Blue Farewell|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- Pacific NW
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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