|Plot Summary of The Body of a Woman|
Dunne, May 2003, 23.95, 240 pp.
Thames Valley Detective Superintendent Mike Yeadings recognizes the elegantly dressed body found in Shotters Wood as gift shop owner Leila Knightley. However, efforts to notify next of kin turn farcical, as no family members seem to be around in area except perhaps her husband Aidan, who is probably sleeping with someone.
The family returns home with the victim's stepdaughter Chloe coming back from visiting her grandmother in France and Leila's brother and his significant other from Scotland. Aidan provides no alibi, but recognizes the dress his wife wore as belonging to Chloe, who denies knowledge of it as hers, but admits to some memory lapses. A newspaper article highlights the dress leading to Sir Arthur Waites thinking he bought the garb for his wife years ago. Mike visits Arthur only to find weird happenings that may impact the homicide investigation.
Though the ending seems weak, the latest Yeadings mystery is a fascinating who-done-it that will keep readers enthralled until the let down final resolution. The story line is a clever English police procedural with Mike and cohorts struggling to obtain cooperation from the victim's survivors, all whom are fully developed characters. Though the climax seems pale in comparison, Clare Curzon's Thames Valley tale is a solid entry.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Body of a Woman|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, British
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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