|Plot Summary of Weeping|
Justin Charles, Mar 2004, 13.99, 312 pp.
As a teenage babysitter, Fritillary Quilter was involved in a nasty blaze in which afterward she is accused of accidentally starting the inferno. She denies it, but officialdom points the finger at her. That is until arson expert Ike Blessing proves her innocence. She never forgot her hero and decided to be just like Ike, a caring fire investigator.
Years pass with Tilly gaining experience as an arson investigator. Her hero has no idea that she joined his field or how much his actions a decade ago influenced her life. That is he was unaware until they are assigned to work together on a deadly fire. Angry spinster Faith Browning is filing a wrongful death suit against seemingly the world over the demise of her actress sister Dorsey in a fire. Ike feels that the fire was used to cover up a murder, which the subsequent autopsy proves correct. As Tilly performs under Ike's tutelage the assignment she has dreamed of for ten years, she does not lose sight of the objective. She interviews those involved with the victim in a production of Our Town and other associates outside the theater to try to learn who wanted Dorsey dead.
Surprisingly the investigations seem a bit slow when compared with the terrific forensic dialogues between the lead protagonists. Readers will feel their enthusiasm as they discuss the latest techniques and share war stories more from Ike who is on a pedestal in Tilly's eyes. Though the murder mystery is fun to follow, it clearly is not on a par with the delightful dissertations from Arson Investigation 101 and 201.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Weeping|
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
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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