Goose in the Pond Book Summary and Study Guide

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Benni discovers the body of an aquaintance. Her husband, the police chief is investigating, His son appears on the doorstep, followed by one of Benni's cousins; instant houseguests! Then Grandma Dove moves in after a fight with her sister! There's a storytelling festival going on and the murderer may be one of Benni's lifelong friends who may or may not be a storyteller. Why can't Benni keep her nose out of the crime? No one will let her! They assume that since she's the police chief's wife she knows everything! Benni tries to keep her nose clean but ends up smack in the middle anyway to solve the crime.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   drowned    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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