|Plot Summary of A Samba for Sherlock|
A SAMBA FOR SHERLOCK (O Xangô de Baker Street) is a novel written by the Brazilian author Jô Soares and first published in 1995.
The well-known stage actress Sarah Bernhardt is in Brazil for a triumphal tour. At the same time, a serial killer is at work in Rio de Janeiro. Two women have already been savagely murdered by this killer who cuts the tongue of his victims. Sarah advises the King of Brazil to ask the famous Sherlock Holmes to come in Rio in order to help the local police. A few weeks later, Holmes and Dr. Watson arrive. In spite of his not always accurate, deductions, Sherlock Holmes is unable to help the police chief Mello Pimenta. In the meantime, another bloody murder is committed.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of A Samba for Sherlock|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
- Big focus on forensic evidence
- Big focus on autopsies
- Killer purposely leaves clues
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
The Americas (not US):
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
- descript. of other female areas
- descript. of male nudity
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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