|Plot Summary of A Matter of Diamonds|
This book is part of a series called A Faith Abbey Mystery, starring Brother Bartholomew, a monk from the abbey. The abbey is located at Provincetown near Cape Cod. Mysteries keep happening at the cape and local sherriff Burke calls in Bartholomew to help. However, this has got to be one of the most bizarre plots I've ever read. Instead of focusing on the investigation or on the perpetrator the plot focuses around the victim and the main suspect. A woman goes to Antwerp to purchase some diamonds for her boss. On her way back she is run down in her car, but she is able to evade the car long enough to deposit the diamonds in a bank. But the bad guys catch up and eventually catch her, torture her to reveal the location of the diamonds, then leave her for dead when she jumps off their boat trying to escape. The woman ultimately drowns. Sherriff Burke is called in but he has health problems, so he asks Bartholomew to assist. Bartholomew asks a few questions trying to get clues. In the meantime the middle two thirds of the book talks about the victim's boss and how he is changing careers, the lives of all his daughters, the story of his failed marriage, and on and on, with very little to no relevance to the plot. Finally Bartholomew and the sheriff come back into the story because a second death happens on the boss's property.
This synopsis report prepared by BethG
|Chapter Analysis of A Matter of Diamonds|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
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?
- best friend
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- religious figure
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual forms of death
- run over
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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