Murders of Richard III Book Summary and Study Guide

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While vacationing in England, Jacqueline Kirby joins her friend Thomas for a weekend in Ricardian scholarship. Set at the small town family estate of Thomas' friend Richard, a group of relatives and friends gather for their annual meeting to share and present papers based on information about the famous monarch and absolving him of all involvement in the deaths for which he is accused. Since some letters have turned up proving these theories, Jacqueline has been asked to authenticate them before the press hears the news.
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In addition to the excitement of the documents, the group uses the weekend to role play, that is, dress, talk, eat, and dance like characters from the era of Richard III. The weekend turns sinister when each character, in turn, is attacked in such a way that mirrors the way their historical figure was attacked (ie. Clarence in a barrel of malmsey whiskey). Jacqueline must figure out why the Ricardians are being attacked and, of course, by whom.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Murder of certain profession?    -   conventioneers Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   librarian or superKlausner Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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