|Plot Summary of Weighed in the Balance|
This novel in the Monk series focuses on Oliver Rathbone who is defending a foreign noblewoman for slander. She has accused the wife of an exiled prince of a German principality of poisoning her husband. There seems to be no possible way the woman could have done it. Rathbone enlists the aid of Monk who travels abroad to see if he can get information, and finds a little romance himself. The whole case centers on the kind of poison used.
This synopsis report prepared by Jack Goodstein
|Chapter Analysis of Weighed in the Balance|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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