|Plot Summary of A Rumor of Bones|
Lindsay Chamberlain is a forensic anthropologist. Her studies of bones found in archaeological digs tell about the life and cause of death of people who lived hundreds of years ago. At her current dig, Lindsay's skills are needed to solve more modern crimes. The local sheriff asks her to help identify the skeleton of a child which has been buried found just outside of town. Soon, other skeletons are found, and Lindsay is caught up in a tangled web of crimes committed over a fifty year period. During her investigations, Lindsay also realizes that someone may murder her to keep her from the learning the truth. This book is the first of a series.
This synopsis report prepared by Linda Bertland
|Chapter Analysis of A Rumor of Bones|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
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
- solving long-past murder
- Big focus on forensic evidence
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- describing scientific process
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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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