The Assassin's Riddle Book Summary and Study Guide

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Someone is killing off the clerks at the Chancery of the Green Wax; someone has stolen a
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fortune in silver from the Crown, committing murder at the same time. In addition, there
a crucifix that bleeds; and the Bishop is thinking of transferring Brother Athelstan to
Oxford. Thus, Paul Harding presents us with the “puzzles and problems” of this episode
involving our venerable Dominican friar. In “The Assassin's Riddle,” it takes all the
intellectual powers and cunning of Athelstan and the King's Coroner Sir John Cranston to
solve this case. But who better
than Brother Athelstan, parish priest and secretarius to Cranston! Of course, knowning
that Athelstan is involved means that the entire parish of St. Erconwald's is also involved,
one way or another, for better or worse!

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) 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:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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