Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Bobby Jones finds a man who has fallen over the side of the cliff in Marchbolt, Wales, he sends his friend Dr. Thomas to go get help. The man is dying and right before the end he wakes up and says, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Bobby is puzzled about this, but later forgets it until he tells the dead man's family about it and is poisoned! Fortunatly, he doesn't die, and his friend, Lady Frances Derwent decides to help him with the case. They don't know exactly what happened, but they are convinced that the man who Bobby kept watch over was deliberately killed. Will they be able to unravel this mystery? Or have they bitten off more then they can chew?
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The review of this Book prepared by Danielle

The beautiful Lady Francis Derwent investigates the unusual death of a man who has fallen off a cliff in a sleepy Whales village. His dying words "Why didn't they ask Evans. It takes the whole book to find Evans, the plot and the killer(s).
The review of this Book prepared by Dennis Tetradis

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


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?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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