|Plot Summary of Somebody's Dead in Snellville|
Sheila Travis is an amateur detective who has to rank as one of the most reluctant sleuths in fictional history. Already well-known in Peachtree Corners near Atlanta because of her exploits in a previous case, Sheila gets involved in another caper in Snellville.
Her neighbor Sara Sims Tait invites Sheila to a family gathering on her grandmother's farm for which developers are now offering $10,000,000. Grandma Sims has fourteen living descendants at the affair. News of the big offer gets everybody there brushing up on their arithmetic and fractions. In the following days, three potential beneficiaries and one family dog are eliminated.
Sheila solves the mystery with only minor assistance from Detective Belk of the Snellville police. More helpful is Aunt Mary who discusses matters with Sheila at length.
This synopsis report prepared by Peter Kenney
|Chapter Analysis of Somebody's Dead in Snellville|
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 - 70%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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