The Secret of Chimneys Book Summary and Study Guide

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Anthony Cade (or GENTLEMAN JOE) is not a man who stays too much in a place or on a job. So when his friend asks him deliver the memories of a former prime-minister of a small country he accepts. However things don't go that smoothly. First in visited by a polite baron, a violent member of a known criminal organisation and then is attracted by his Italian waiter. And of course all they want is the manuscript.
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His second mission is to give a young lady some compromising letters, but when he arrives at her house, she asks him to help her dispose of a body (of the Italian waiter). The only thing that the man had was a piece of paper with "11.45 Chimneys" written. When he arrives at the Chimneys house at that time a pistol is heard and Anthony finds himself suspected of murdering a prince. Superintendent Battle doesn't suspect him because he can't find a motive (but Anthony did have a motive).
Thing are getting more complicated once a French detective arrives and seriously suspects him. All Anthony can do is find the real murderer (but King Victor might be anyone of the guests in the Chimneys)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Africa    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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