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Home Again, Home Again Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Home Again, Home Again

    Willis Pugh is about to turn 40, and is feeling the twinges of a mid-life crisis, when during a family camping trip, he knows what he must do: climb Enchanted Rock! A month later finds Willis and his business partner Doug Kingsley, off to make the climb, but only Doug returns, once again casting Willis' wife E.J. as amateur detective. She finds his broken down VW Karman Ghia on the highway between home and Enchanted Rock, but where is Willis?
    While E.J investigates Willis' disappearance, he has gotten mixed up in the murder of Calvin Hardy at Scoggin's Truck Stop & Turkey Farm. After helping truck driver 'Tater' Bascombe and his faithful rottweiler, Dumplin', stash Calvin's body in an empty deep-freezer, his only chance of getting home is clearing Rogene Scoggins Hardy (Calvin's widow, and Tater's object of affection) of the stabbing death of her abusive husband.
      Eventually, Willis is able to sneak a phone call to E.J., who traces the call to Scoggin's Truck Stop. She and Detective Elena Luna arrive in time to break up an illegal cock fighting ring, get reunited with Willis (posing as Tater's cousin Marvin), and to solve a case where the motives are stranger than the murder itself.
This report prepared by Joe Burkholder








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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