|Plot Summary of The Killing Bee|
Signet, Nov 2001, 6.50, 256 pp.
After years of futilely trying to sell literary books to publishers and relevant screenplays to studios, author Jacob Burns sells a schlock disaster movie. The interested film company pays Jacob $3 million. Now he remains at home uninterested in writing, but occasionally dabbles in homicide investigations.
One case that he finds interesting involves Laura Braithwaite, accused of killing a school principal. Jacob, Laura and several other parents battled with the principal in an effort to have their children placed in the gifted class, but the administrator refused insisting they failed to meet the strict requirements. Jacob begins making inquiries and soon realizes a lot of people had the motive to kill the unyielding principal. His efforts turn too enthusiastic so if he wants to stay out of jail he better find the culprit.
Matt Witten continues his winning series with THE KILLING BEE, an excellent mystery that will be fully appreciated by anyone whoever raised a child. The gentle hero cares because he believes in justice and willingly places himself in jeopardy to make it happen. This entertaining amateur sleuth novel is a winner by anyone's standard.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Killing Bee|
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Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- best friend
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
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
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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