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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.
The review of this Book prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   royalty 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?    -   politics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Germany Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

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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