|Plot Summary of Bad Chemistry|
|"Wendy Fowler was a top-notch research chemist, and the only woman in the Chemistry department at her Cambridge University. Her dedication to her work resulted in discoveries which would justify the funds which she received from her research fellowship. Her only interest, aside from her research, was her volunteer participation in the Pregnancy Information Service, a counseling service for unwed mothers. Then Wendy was found murdered in the Chemistry building.
Professor Gillian Adams, head of the History department at a Canadian university, is visiting Cambridge with her lover, Detective Chief Inspector Edward Gisborne. Gillian and Edward are friends of members of the Pregnancy Information Service, and are drawn into the hunt for Wendy's murderer. They must find out if Wendy lost her life because of professional jealousy, university politics, or some less obvious motive. "
Linda Bertland, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Bad Chemistry|
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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)
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
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
- scientific labs
- 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