|Plot Summary of Hot Money|
British gold tycoon Malcolm Pembroke is in a whole world of trouble. Not only has his nasty fifth wife just been gruesomely murdered, but he has moved back to the top of the police's suspect list after nearly dying in an attack staged to look like the suicide of a conscience-stricken wife-killer. Where to turn for help? To the person he trusts most in the world: his estranged son Ian, an amateur jockey and blookstock agent. But the investigation Ian undertakes is not easy or pleasant, because to him the most obvious suspects are his eight half-siblings and their bitter mothers, and the dark secrets he uncovers about their lives may well put an end to his own.
This synopsis report prepared by Ruth Stout
Wealthy gold trader Malcolm Pembroke has five ex-wives and nine children between them, all fighting among themselves. But when violent death strikes the least likable of his former spouses, Malcolm himself feels threatened, and he calls on his most capable son, Ian, the family jockey, to protect him from his nearest and dearest. While he's at it, Ian is also commissioned to delve for the final, critical clue in the darkly buried Pembroke past, simmering with the greed, hate, and vengefulness that could motivate blood to strike against blood.
This synopsis report prepared by Di Bingham
|Chapter Analysis of Hot Money|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- "All in the family" murder
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- exploded into bits
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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