Death Takes a Gander Book Summary and Study Guide

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Berkley, Dec 2004, 5.99, 212 pp.
ISBN 0425183926

Angela is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent being trained by a senior agent named Ian. Ian is found dead at Barr Lake. Angela notices a swan acting peculiarly but her attention is mainly on Ian who the coroner says committed suicide. Without an experienced agent to train her, Angela's boss assigns her to Elk Park's first Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree to make sure the anglers don't catch any greenback cutthroat trout.
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The event is sponsored by Donald Tavern, CEO of Agriventures, Inc. Before the Jamboree begins, there are a lot of sick geese on the ice with similar coloring to what Angela noticed when she found Ian's body. They treat the surviving geese for lead poisoning. Angela investigates how the lead got into their bodies. She rescues an unconscious agent from the icy water and lands a plane when her pilot is poisoned. Angela thinks that the incidents are linked, but how and why remains to be proven.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   wilderness action/adventure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

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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