Murder on The Leviathan Book Summary and Study Guide

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In 1878 Paris, the English eccentric Lord Littleby is murdered in his house along with nine members of his household. The only clue is a badge indicating the maiden voyage of the worlds largest steamship, "The Leviathan", and ten of the first class passengers on its journey to India. Commissoner Gauche of the French police is on the track of this heartless mass murderer but soon finds himself in competition with the enigmatic, self-effacing Russian diplomat Erast Fandorin, to find the identity of the criminal ... and the possible location of a fortune in hidden jewels.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous 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?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Water adventure    -   Yes Water:    -   on the ocean surface Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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