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Ballantine, Sep 2004, 25.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0345456548

In 1915, though they remain in mourning over the vehicular murder of their parents, the Reavley brothers and sisters continue to their efforts to help England at war with the Kaiser. Joseph serves as a chaplain in the trench warfare in Belgium and France. Judith works as a driver and translator for General Cullingsford, who leads the English Expeditionary Force fighting in these trenches. Matthew is in London working Intel while trying to uncover information on the mythical power broker Peacemaker, who he believes is the killer of his parents and the broker of a Kaiser King alliance.

Joseph finds the corpse of detested journalist Eldon Prince, Cullingsford's nephew, who apparently died at the hands of “friendly” fire. Though he would prefer to ignore this homicide, Joseph investigates, which makes his preaching more difficult to his already disbelieving flock, who are pleased with Eldon's death. His sister wonders if her employer whom she is in love with could have arranged the murder of his odious relative.

Judith and Joseph work a murder investigation with the backdrop of the horrors of war, especially trench warfare. In England, Matthew continues his inquiries into the Peacemaker.


Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by 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    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Specific to    -   WW II What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

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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