Bayou Moon Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's Oct 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0312282079

It is common knowledge that Luc St. Michael and Garlande Thibeaux left their spouses and children and ran off together. Twenty-five years later Garlande's daughter, Mignon, a famous painter, returns to St. Germaine Parish in northwestern Louisiana to find the answers that has eluded her all her life. She is a beautiful woman; the exact image of her mother and her return has shaken up many influential people in the town.
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Mignon's plan is working because she believes there are people in town who knows exactly what happened to Luc and Garlande. She needs to shake it out of them using Eleanor St. Michael's interest in the spirit world to do so. Already subtle threats have been made against her but Mignon intends to find justice for those falsely maligned no matter who pays the price.

This is C.L. Bevill's first novel. She has written a modern Gothic mystery complete with sťances, ghosts, fogs and storms. There are a number of ways this story can be played out so readers have to pay attention to each and ever clue, no matter how small, if they want to understand what is really going on.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%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:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript
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