|Plot Summary of A Distinction of Blood|
|"Fairfax is hired as tutor to Mr. Appleton's two young children. Arriving at the Appleton's London home, however, he finds that his services as a tutor have been put on hold. Mr. Appleton wants Fairfax to find out if his daughter and her husband are cheating on each other. In Georgian England where A DISTINCTION OF BLOOD takes place, this is not acceptable. Added to this, Mr. Appleton's daughter has married well – a Lord – and he does not want to lose the social status this has afforded him. Not wanting to lose his job, Fairfax has no choice but to agree. Things begin to go wrong almost immediately when the husband is found dead in his bed under circumstances that could not be considered natural. At least five people in the house at the time had the means and the motive, but the finger points to one man. Uncertain that justice has been done and determined to see it is, Fairfax sets out discover the truth."
Emma, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Distinction of Blood|
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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 - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
- 18th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- the rich!
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/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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