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A Summer of Discontent - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 8 Book Review Summary

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In Cambridge, 1354, and a steward called Glovere is found dead on the banks of the river Ouse, days after the Bishop of Ely publically threatened the malicious gossip with just such a fate. The Bishop summons the senior proctor Brother Michael to clear his name. He, in turn, recruits Doctor Matthew Bartholomew. They discover that Golvere didn't drown because he was drunk - someone had carefully and precisely stabbed him in the back of the neck! When two more locals, suspected of suicide are found dead in the same way, Doctor Bartholomew and Brother Michael realise they are on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

While being wary of University and City politics (which is never far away), the good doctor wants to stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.
This report prepared by Alan J. Bishop








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   middle ages What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% 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:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

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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