|Plot Summary of The Corporal Works of Murder|
St. Martin's, August 2002, 22.95 208 pp.
Although she is seventy years old, Sister Mary Helen of Mount Saint Frances College still tends to her duties and has no intention of retiring even if her Sisters and the San Francisco police force think it would be the best thing that could happen to them. After forty years of teaching she is now ministering at the Shelter, a refugee for homeless women.
Sister Mary Helen notices a new woman in the shelter, who very obviously has not been on the streets long. The next time she sees that homeless person, the woman is dying from a bullet through her chest. It turns out that Sarah was an undercover vice cop so when Sister Mary Helen learns this, she decides once again to insinuate herself into a murder investigation.
This long running series will be appreciated by reader who like the Father Darling mysteries. Sister Carol Anne O'Marie writes a realistic cerebral cozy starring a protagonist it is impossible not to like. The author deals with some major social issues and she gets her point across without preaching.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Corporal Works of Murder|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- religious figure
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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