|Plot Summary of Scandal in Fair Haven|
This is the second novel in the Henrie O series. Henrie O's friend, Margaret, is sick and hospitalized. They had planned a vacation at Margaret's cabin in Tennessee.
Margaret insists Henrie O should go on her own. The first night of her stay she is awakened by Craig, her friend's nephew, wearing a shirt stained with blood, and obviously in trouble.
Craig Matthews says he did not kill Patty Kay, his wife, the local heiress and philanthropist as well as the owner of the bookstore where he works. Patty Kay has been found shot dead in the playhouse of their property. He tells Henrie O, and the police, that he received a call at work to go and pick up a fruit basket for a dinner party that evening, but when he arrived at the store, no basket had been ordered and he had to have one prepared. That's his alibi.
Henrie O, a retired journalist, who drives an MG, decides to help and introduces herself as Craig's aunt.
When Craig gets arrested, she questions the neighbors, the stepdaughter, the ex-husband, the sister, the tennis friends, the political enemies as well as Craig's lawyer. She uncovers family disagreements over money, sexual affairs and small town jealousy. Then, Amy, one of the bookstore employees gets murdered too.
Henrie O also learns how a young neighbor, Franci Hollis, committed suicide just before Patty Kay's murder, after receiving “nasty notes” from a bully.
Could the two cases be linked? Patty Kay also taught at the local private school, and had been seen talking to the young girl before her suicide.
This synopsis report prepared by Lydie Barquet
|Chapter Analysis of Scandal in Fair Haven|
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 - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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