|Plot Summary of Ragtime in Simla|
Scotland Yard Inspector Joe Sandilands has been lecturing in 1922 India on new methods of policing. Offered the use of the Governor General's guesthouse in Simla, the summer home of the British Raj in the foothills of the Himalayas, he is hoping for a vacation before returning to England. He offers transport to a visiting Russian opera singer in the Governor General's open car from the railway station into Simla. During the journey, the opera singer is shot dead by a sniper. He plunges into an investigation of the murder-and an earlier murder committed in the same way a year earlier. Both murders seem to be connected to Alice Conyers, local businesswoman and respected citizen and to a disastrous railway accident involving many fatalities in France several years before. Second in a series, the atmosphere of colonial India, strong characterization and plotting make this an entertaining read.
This synopsis report prepared by Linda Sourpuss
|Chapter Analysis of Ragtime in Simla|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
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?
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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