|Plot Summary of The Secret of Chimneys|
Anthony Cade (or GENTLEMAN JOE) is not a man who stays too much in a place or on a job. So when his friend asks him deliver the memories of a former prime-minister of a small country he accepts. However things don't go that smoothly. First in visited by a polite baron, a violent member of a known criminal organisation and then is attracted by his Italian waiter. And of course all they want is the manuscript.
His second mission is to give a young lady some compromising letters, but when he arrives at her house, she asks him to help her dispose of a body (of the Italian waiter). The only thing that the man had was a piece of paper with "11.45 Chimneys" written. When he arrives at the Chimneys house at that time a pistol is heard and Anthony finds himself suspected of murdering a prince. Superintendent Battle doesn't suspect him because he can't find a motive (but Anthony did have a motive).
Thing are getting more complicated once a French detective arrives and seriously suspects him. All Anthony can do is find the real murderer (but King Victor might be anyone of the guests in the Chimneys)
This synopsis report prepared by Claudia
|Chapter Analysis of The Secret of Chimneys|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- investigator him/herself
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for $$$/treasure
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
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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