Ghostly Murders Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Paul Doherty has created a four-part series involving the pilgrims in Chaucer's
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“Canterbury Tales.” In “Ghostly Murders” (“The Poor Priest's tale of mystery and
murder as he goes on pilgrimage from London to Canterbury”), the author features Father
Philip, who, along with his brother Edmund, has just been assigned his first parish in the
village of Scawsby in Kent. That village has held a long and evil mystery dealing with the
Knights Templars, a holy relic, rumors of lost treasure, evil incarnate, and, of course, a
murder or two.   By the end of the book, Father Philip “had learned a great deal, in his
short stay at Scawsby, about good and evil, about the human will and the need to repair
what was broken, for man to answer for what he did.”

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

Chapter Analysis of Ghostly Murders

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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