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Lion in the Valley Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Lion in the Valley

In the fourth of the Peabody mysteries, Amelia and Radcliffe are on their way to the season dig when the annoying Russian Kalenischeff is found fatally stabbed in the bed of a pretty, single socialite in Cairo. She has disappeared. The "Master Criminal" (and master of disguises) who first surfaced in _The Mummy Case_ drives Amelia to distraction because he appears to be gunning for her, and eventually reveals himself to her. Ramses, now about seven, continues to be charmingly obnoxious and incidentally helpful.
This report prepared by David Loftus



Mr and Mrs Emerson return to Egypt for a season of excavation, bringing along their intrepid (and mildly annoying) son, Ramses. The Master Criminal has also returned for sun, sand and to acquire a new possession: Amelia. Amelia, unaware of the danger, is busy saving and interfering with the love lives of everyone in sight.
This report prepared by Christine G.








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very humorous    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   19th century Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   deposing an evil leader What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% 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 General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's

Setting

Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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