|Plot Summary of Death on the Downs|
When retiree Carole Seddon decides to take a walk and explore the South Downs of the town of Weldisham she gets caught in a sudden rainstorm. She runs for shelter in an old barn where she finds two fertilizer bags stuffed with human bones. Once she gets back to the town she reports her find to the local police. News travels quickly in Weldisham and before her ride home arrives the news of her discovery is the talk of the local pub. The townspeople think the remains may be of a missing girl named Tamsin Lutteridge.
Carole retuns home to Fethering and tells her friend and neighbor Jude about the bones and the missing girl. Jude knows Tasmin and is able to locate her at a retreat run by a new age healer. Carole returns to Weldisham looking for clues but the townspeople are reluctant to open up to an outsider. When she and Jude figure out the identity of the victim and her killer a number of past secrets are revealed and another murder takes place.
This synopsis report prepared by Chris Curtis
|Chapter Analysis of Death on the Downs|
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 - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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