|Plot Summary of A Summer of Discontent - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 8|
In Cambridge, 1354, and a steward called Glovere is found dead on the banks of the river Ouse, days after the Bishop of Ely publically threatened the malicious gossip with just such a fate. The Bishop summons the senior proctor Brother Michael to clear his name. He, in turn, recruits Doctor Matthew Bartholomew. They discover that Golvere didn't drown because he was drunk - someone had carefully and precisely stabbed him in the back of the neck! When two more locals, suspected of suicide are found dead in the same way, Doctor Bartholomew and Brother Michael realise they are on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.
While being wary of University and City politics (which is never far away), the good doctor wants to stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.
This synopsis report prepared by Alan J. Bishop
|Chapter Analysis of A Summer of Discontent - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 8|
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 - 40%
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:
- middle ages
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
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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