|Plot Summary of The Music Box Murders|
Dr. Thomas Purdue's Christmas Holidays aren't going as planned. They started with a call from his music box picker, Broadway Schwartz. Its seems that Schwartz, while scoping an antique store, stumbled on a rare swiss rigid notation music box. Thomas goes to the dealer and buys the music and gets an interesting bit information. The seller gave the dealer a false name, the name of the music box restorer and Thomas' best friend Charles "Shackey" O'Shacker. Thomas takes the box to Shackey's and find out that it had belonged to fellow friend and major collector Harry Hardwick, who had been murdered the night before. The trail of bodies doesn't end there. Soon the antique dealer and Shackey are dead. Thomas sets out to find the one in The New York Music Box Collectors Association is willing to kill to get the box and why.
This synopsis report prepared by Stephen Bailey
|Chapter Analysis of The Music Box Murders|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
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?
- nearly 100%
- best friend
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- search for valuable art/artifacts
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
- mechanical engineering
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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