|Plot Summary of Murder In The Rough|
St. Martin's, Mar 2002, 24.95, 366 pp.
Dr. Sarah Deane is between assignments. She just completed a substitute teaching job at a Massachusetts girls' boarding school and has not yet started her English classes at Maine's Bowmouth College. Her mother-in-law Elspeth has invited Sarah to come to their Maine home for several family celebrations.
However, instead of an idyllic respite, Sarah arrives in time for father-son homicides on the community golf course forcing the police to close the course as a crime scene. Sarah finds a third corpse that of her father-in-law's uncle and not long afterward observes a lad vanish. Sarah searches for the missing person only to be caught by the criminals. Unless she escapes, Sarah could become part of the greens.
Though MURDER IN THE ROUGH is quite simplistic especially the way everything falls into place for Sarah, readers will enjoy this sports amateur sleuth tale. The story line engages the audience as the eccentric cast makes for a fine coastal Maine tale similar to the Murder She Wrote crowd. Sarah is a likable individual and her inquiries are fun to follow. J.S. Borthwick avoids sand traps and the rough while shooting par.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Murder In The Rough|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
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?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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