Petty Treason Book Summary and Study Guide

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Forge, Aug 2004, 24.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0765304007

In 1810, A flustered Mr. Colcannon on the advice of a friend visits detective Sarah Tolerance who chose that profession over her other choice of whoring. Colcannon hires Sarah to discreetly investigate the murder of his brother-in-law, French aristocratic émigré Chevalier d'Aubigny. The culprit beat the victim brutally in his bed until he died.
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Sarah wearing her male garb and carrying her sword learns quickly that d'Aubigny frequented brothels where he abused prostitutes as he also did his spouse. When Anne, a prostitute, is arrested for homicide, Sarah digs deeper because she is convinced the young woman is innocent.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   prostitutes/stripper/porn Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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