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Retired professor Andrew Basnett has finally completed writing the biography of Robert Hooke which he started at the beginning of his retirement and he is looking for a new interest to occupy his time. During a visit with friends in the village of Lower Milfrey, he meets people with many interesting hobbies such as photography, magic, bird-watching, and embroidery. At a large dinner party given by Sam Waldron, whose hobby is cooking, one of the guests dies from cyanide poisoning. Another death follows shortly afterwards, and Andrew needs to find the person in the village whose hobby is murder.
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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% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of 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:    -   retiree Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes

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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