For Whom Death Tolls Book Summary and Study Guide

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Berkley Feb 2002, 6.99, 203 pp.
ISBN 0425183866

    During the World War II years, life is not easy for Lady Elizabeth, born and bred in the Manor House. Her ex-husband absconded with her money and Lady Elizabeth, who feels she must be an example of distinguished living to the entire village, is near bankruptcy. She hides her financial affairs from the villagers and does her best to act as Lady Bountiful.
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    One night the church bells ring, signifying a German invasion. When the villagers arrive they find an officer hanging from the rafters where the bells are located. Nobody knows how he got up there but the mystery is compounded when another air force officer is found dead. Lady Elizabeth's secretary knows the man accused of the murder is innocent and begs her mistress to clear his name. The lady of the manor starts investigating in earnest and puts herself in danger because somebody doesn't want her to find out the truth.

    Kale Kingsbury does a wonderful job at showing the mixed feelings Englishmen have about Americans on their soil during World War II. Readers also get a glimpse into village life during the war years and the action that people take to circumvent the food rationing. FOR WHOM DEATH TOLLS is a fascinating mid twentieth century mystery.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   soldiers Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator 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:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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