Simisola Book Summary and Study Guide

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Inspector Wexford comes face to face to one of the most
disturbing crimes in his career. Or is it a crime? A young immigrant housecleaner is missing. Where could she have gone, this young girl who knew no one in her new country....
The review of this Book prepared by nancy calabrez

In Ruth Rendell's 'Simisola', Chief Inspector Wexford comes to grips with racial prejudice and rising community unemployment while searching for local girl Melanie Akande, and trying to solve two murders which are seemingly unrelated ...
The review of this Book prepared by J. Hatton

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 25% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50%    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   diplomats Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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