|Plot Summary of The Assassin's Riddle|
Someone is killing off the clerks at the Chancery of the Green Wax; someone has stolen a
fortune in silver from the Crown, committing murder at the same time. In addition, there
a crucifix that bleeds; and the Bishop is thinking of transferring Brother Athelstan to
Oxford. Thus, Paul Harding presents us with the “puzzles and problems” of this episode
involving our venerable Dominican friar. In “The Assassin's Riddle,” it takes all the
intellectual powers and cunning of Athelstan and the King's Coroner Sir John Cranston to
solve this case. But who better
than Brother Athelstan, parish priest and secretarius to Cranston! Of course, knowning
that Athelstan is involved means that the entire parish of St. Erconwald's is also involved,
one way or another, for better or worse!
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of The Assassin's Riddle|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- middle ages
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
- chronically deranged person
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- religious figure
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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