The Black Camel Book Summary and Study Guide

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Movie star Sheila Fane arrives in Honolulu to shoot the few remaining sequences of a movie. She rents a house on the beach. When Sheila throws a big party, she is found murdered in the pavilion just before she is scheduled to make her grand entrance. Charlie Chan is assigned to the case. Tarneverro, a fortuneteller and former friend of the deceased, offers to help Charlie solve the murder. Charlie and Tarneverro arrive at the scene before the guests depart.
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Leading the parade of suspects is Bob Fife, Sheila's first husband whom she had contacted again only recently. Chan is also very interested in Alan Jaynes whom Sheila had rejected as a suitor on the day of her murder.

The only serious suspect not at the party is an alcoholic beachcomber named Bob Smith who was near the house at the time of the crime. As Charlie's investigation approaches its conclusion, however, he has to admit that too much evidence points to the enigmatic Tarneverro himself-except that the seer seems to be the only one with an airtight alibi.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   actors/producers/directors Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Race    -   Chinese


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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