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Berkley, May 2002, 22.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0425185397

    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.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1600-1899 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 Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   diplomat Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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