|Plot Summary of For Whom Death Tolls|
Berkley Feb 2002, 6.99, 203 pp.
During the World War II years, life is not easy for Lady Elizabeth, born and bred in the Manor House. Her ex-husband absconded with her money and Lady Elizabeth, who feels she must be an example of distinguished living to the entire village, is near bankruptcy. She hides her financial affairs from the villagers and does her best to act as Lady Bountiful.
One night the church bells ring, signifying a German invasion. When the villagers arrive they find an officer hanging from the rafters where the bells are located. Nobody knows how he got up there but the mystery is compounded when another air force officer is found dead. Lady Elizabeth's secretary knows the man accused of the murder is innocent and begs her mistress to clear his name. The lady of the manor starts investigating in earnest and puts herself in danger because somebody doesn't want her to find out the truth.
Kale Kingsbury does a wonderful job at showing the mixed feelings Englishmen have about Americans on their soil during World War II. Readers also get a glimpse into village life during the war years and the action that people take to circumvent the food rationing. FOR WHOM DEATH TOLLS is a fascinating mid twentieth century mystery.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of For Whom Death Tolls|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 40%
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
- skilled citizen investigator
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
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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