|Plot Summary of Buried Diamonds|
|"Claire Montrose (series protagonist) is on her daily jog when she finds a diamond ring in the mortar of an old wall where she stops to stretch. Claire's housemate Charlotte 'Charlie' Heidenbruch, an 80-something Holocaust survivor, knows to whom the ring belonged. But she thought the woman returned the ring to her fiancÚ Allen Lisac before the Korean War. Claire had found the ring in the wall around the Lisac's house.
Claire begins her research based on the Charlie's remembrances of the group of young people who frequented the Lisac house in the 1950s. She and Charlie work together to determine how the ring got in the wall and conclude that the original owner had been murdered--fifty years earlier. Their interviews with other members of the old group help Claire determine who was responsible. This puts both Claire and Charlie in jeopardy from the eccentric murderer.
The detailed remembrance and back story from Charlie give an interesting picture of 1950s Portland. Characters are well drawn.
K Cheatham, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Buried Diamonds|
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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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
- Average intelligence
- Pacific NW
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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