|Plot Summary of A Murder Too Many|
|"Retired botany professor Andrew Basnett has returned to Knotlington University where he had taught for many years to attend the Conference of the Botanical Association. He is drawn, rather unwillingly, into investigating a murder which occured at the university two years previously. Carl Judd, an artist, was murdered, and Stephen Sharland was convicted of the crime and is currently in prison serving his sentence for the murder. There are, however, still some people in the campus community, including Judd's widow, who believe that Sharland is innocent. When Andrew begins his investigation, the only witness to Sharland's involvement with the crime is murdered, and Andrew must untangle the web of emnity and greed to find the true story of the murder of Carl Judd. "
Linda Bertland, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Murder Too Many|
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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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
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?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- 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