|Plot Summary of The Bloodied Cravat|
Berkley, May 2002, 22.95, 304 pp.
She was the daughter of the Prussian King and is married to one of the royal princes of Regency England. Frederica, the duchess of Yorke, prefers to spend her time at her country estate of Oatlands so she doesn't have to see her husband running around London with his mistress. She has many friends, including Beau Brummell, the social arbiter of fashion and manners in Polite Society.
Mr. Brummell, who has a crush on the duchess even though she's his best friend, travels to Oatlands for her birthday party. His valet's coach is robbed and not only his clothes are stolen but all the letters that the duchess wrote to Beau. One of the guests is killed and someone tries to blackmail the duchess. To avoid any scandal, Beau must go into detecting mode and find the letters as well as the killer.
Regency England at the height of its gaiety is the colorful tapestry upon which Rosemary Stevens creates her droll, witty and lighthearted mystery. THE BLOODIED CRAVAT is a fascinating page turning tale with so many suspects all with viable motives that readers will not be able to put the book down until they are satisfied they have all the answers to this complex puzzle.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Bloodied Cravat|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
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:
- 19th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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