The Gallows Murders Book Summary and Study Guide

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This “fifth journal of Sir Roger Shallot concerning certain wicked conspiracies and horrible
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murders perpetuated in the reign of King Henry VIII” maintains all the excitement,
humor, and local color of the previous episodes in Michael Clynes' very cleverly presented
historical British mystery. It is 16th century England and Henry and his “crowd” are as
nervous as ever concerning royal linage problems and conspiracies. This time, the king has
received anonymous notes from someone claiming to be the real Edward (one of the little
“princes in the tower”). Needless to say, this is unsettling and Roger is called in to sort it
out. Of course, he does, but not before he finds himself involved in yet another near-deadly
pursuit. This series is very light reading, but enjoyable to historical buffs.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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