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The Sanctuary Sparrow Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Sanctuary Sparrow

It is 12th century in England and a young lute player has been accused of murdering a prominent nobleman. Brother Cadfael, a former foot soldier and now a Benedictine monk, is sure the young musician is not guilty and uses his wisdom, knowledge of herbs and his oowers of observation to find the true murderer and set the young musician free.
This report prepared by Charles Oglesby








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Chapter Analysis of The Sanctuary Sparrow

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   power struggle within govt between two factions What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   60's-90's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   impaled Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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