|Plot Summary of Matricide at St. Martha's|
St. Martha's College in Cambridge has been providing a quality, conservative, low-budget education for women for many years. Then the college receives a bequest of money upon the death of a wealthy alumna. Debate over what to do with the money divides the faculty into three factions. The Virgins believe that the money should be used for scholarships in traditional areas such as medieval history. The Dykes believe that the college should have a center for Gender and Ethnic Studies. The Old Women (who are mostly men) believe that the money should be used to build an excellent wine cellar for the faculty.
The murder of Dame Maud Theodosia Buckbarrow, the head of the college and a Virgin, upsets the balance of power in this academic feud. Robert Amiss, a visiting fellow of the college, and Detective Sargent Ellis Pooley set out to find the murderer in this hilarious, satirical look at modern campus politics.
This synopsis report prepared by Linda Bertland
|Chapter Analysis of Matricide at St. Martha's|
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 - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
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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