|Plot Summary of Death and the Chaste Apprentice|
Once more, Robert Barnard brings to center stage his wit and clever plot lines.
In “Death and the Chaste Apprentice” he is right on form and, as usual, a delight to read.
Set at the Ketterick fine arts festival in London, the scene is quickly set: a murder most
horrid! Everybody is suspect yet all have perfect alibies--after all, the death--a knife in the
back!--occurrred while “The Chaste Apprentice” was being presented! Des Capper is the
victim--an obnoxious Australian who is the official host at the Saracen Head Hotel, where
the cast and crew are presenting their play (as well as residing). Of course, the usual
“theatical subplots” are tossed about (infidelity, jealousy, sexual trysts, you name it!).
The book moves along at a delicous pace and, too, we are introduced to Charlie Peace, of
Scotland Yard (Peace appears in other, later Barnard works), who just happens to be
attending the peformance and is quite convenient to assist Superintendent Iain Dundy n his
investigation. With typical Barnardian manner, of course, the murderer is revealed and
the curtain closes on another exciting and worthwhile book!
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of Death and the Chaste Apprentice|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- government investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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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