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Speck, Feb 2004, 14.00, 282 pp.
ISBN: 0972577688

Weekly editor Bridget Frost commissioned reporter Nick Madrid to write a story after spending a night being haunted near Ashcombe Manor in Sussex; Nick figures that the modern day druids and loonies haunt the manor, which was converted into a new age conference centre.   Nick visits the nearby graveyard and finds one of the dead is hanging upside down from a tree.

He calls the police who like everyone else wonder what is so special about finding a dead person in a graveyard; Nick also faces the wrath of Moira Cassidy from the conference center who warned him to stay away. As DI Bradley investigates murder, he suspects Nick. The reporter makes his own inquiries into those at the New Age Conference Center.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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