|Plot Summary of A Murder of Quality|
|"One day Miss Ailsa Brimley, editor of a small English newspaper, receives plea for help and advice from a subscriber which intimates that the letter writer's husband may be about to kill her. Brimley consults her former colleague and friend, the retired British secret service agent George Smiley, but by the time he agrees to look into it, the letter writer is dead -- brutally murdered. Smiley takes the train out to Carne, and its exclusive school for upper class boys where the victim's husband is a teacher, to look into the matter. In this, his second novel, published in 1962, Le Carre presents a more traditional British murder mystery along the lines of Elizabeth George, although it stars his longtime spy hero."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Murder of Quality|
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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 - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- blunt clubbing (like seals)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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