|Plot Summary of Death in a Hammock|
Five Star, Jun 2003, 25.95, 266 pp.
Over twelve years ago, Harry Brock worked as a Game Warden in Maine when he was forced to kill a poacher in self-defense. The media hung Harry during the subsequent trial, but he was ultimately acquitted. However, his wife, already frustrated with their life in Maine, filed for divorce taking their two children with her.
Harry now lives on the southwest Florida Island, Bartram's Hammock. Katherine Trachey, accompanied by her two small children, asks Harry to take them to her runaway spouse, Willard, who is one of the island's recluses. Harry escorts the trio only to find someone killed Willard. As the prime suspect, the police lean towards either the wife for obvious reasons or the President of the Preservation league, Luis Mendoza, over a conservationist dispute are the two main suspects. Luis hires Harry to prove his innocence even as the loner begins to fall in love with the other major suspect.
DEATH IN A HAMMOCK is an enjoyable investigative mystery that starts slow, but once it picks up speed, it never decelerates. The characters are an appealing group except for the odious developer Orville Boone. Especially delightful is the hero who though a loner takes the time to entertain two little children with a snake and works extra hard to solve the case. Readers will take pleasure in Kinley Roby's first-rate tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Death in a Hammock|
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
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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