|Plot Summary of The English Breakfast Murder|
Theodosia Browning helps out her Tea Shop employee Haley on a mission for the Sea Turtle Protection League of Charleston when she finds the body of Harper Fisk floating in the sea. What is ruled an accidental drowning, seems fishy to Theo and her employee Drayton Connelly. Fisk owns a local antique shop and is a known treasure hunter of Civil War boats sunk in the Charleston Bay. Members of the English Breakfast Club all have ideas about what happened to Fisk and what should be done with his shop and valuable Civil War possessions, spreading suspicion on the three remaining members.
This synopsis report prepared by Abby White
Berkley, August 2003, 6.99, 288 pp.
The Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina is doing a booming business despite the depressed economy. In addition to selling all kinds of teas from different countries, the owner serves food and sells aromatherapy teas for the bath. The store proprietor, Theodosia Browning realizes there is more to life than work and volunteers her time to the Charleston's Sea Turtle League. When the eggs hatch, the volunteers make sure they make it safely into the ocean.
When it is Theodosia's shift she spots a large object floating in the water and swims out to see what it is. She doesn't expect to find the dead body of local antique dealer Harper Fisk, a good friend of Theodosia's tea blender Drayton Connelly. Both Clayton and Theodosia are sure the man was murdered even if the police won't admit it was a homicide. Theodosia, who has solved previous homicides, vows to find the killer even though she is embarking on a dangerous manhunt.
Readers will be charmed and beguiled by this delicious amateur sleuth mystery and will feel like visiting Charles Street to have a cuppa at the Indigo Tea Shop. Laura Childs makes tea sound so delectable. The heroine is a charming down to earth person who believes in helping out her friends and the community, two sides of her personality, which will endear her to the audiences. There is a plethora of suspects but the reader will be shocked when the author cleverly reveals who the perpetrator is.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The English Breakfast 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 - 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
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
- Deep South
- sail boat
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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