|Plot Summary of Sweet Narcissus|
|"Winston Marlowe Sherman is a professor of English. He is also secretly the author of a very successful series of mysteries under the pen name of Henrietta Slocum. Thirty years ago, Winston attended a party honoring Dylan Thomas. During this party, an original folio copy of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi was stolen. Now the manuscript has reappeared, and it has brought danger to the people whom Winston loves the most. He must, for the first time in his life, solve a real crime and he finds it much harder than writing about imaginary ones."
Linda Bertland, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Sweet Narcissus|
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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?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- Mid-Atlantic states
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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