Cat to the Dogs Book Summary and Study Guide

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In this Joe Grey (cat detective) book, the main character is a Molena Point, CA resident, Lucinda Greenlaw. Her philandering husband died in a boat accident in Seattle (she was home in Molena Point). There was a PI investigating her husband, and the PI died in an auto wreck which was made to look like an accident (foggy morning, Deadman's curve kind of thing). Finally, her nephew, who was on the boat when her husband died, was killed and another family member nearly killed, too, so the killer was responsible for three deaths. The Greenlaw clan (Irish folks from NC) are a bunch of wandering thieves/con artists and Lucinda's husband was a con artist, too.
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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 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous 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?    -   80% Kind of investigator    -   dog/cat investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   theft/fraud investigation Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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