Since You Are Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash Book Summary and Study Guide

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Avon, Sep 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0060595361

In Salt Lick, Texas, someone murders wealthy but odious Pearl Ann Carruthers. Because of her nasty haughty ways, most of the townsfolk detested Pearl Ann. Salon owner Debbie Sue Overstreet figures she can get some solid gossip to share with her customers since her former spouse Buddy is the sheriff and on the case.
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When Debbie Sue learns that Peal Ann's family is offering a reward of $50,000 she decides to do some sleuthing, but knows she must not let Buddy learn what she is doing or he would be upset. She also knows she must coax him into revealing insider information without his knowing why she is asking him; the latter is simple as he is a man and she can pretend it is for salon gossip. However, as Debbie Sue stumbles about, the killer keeps an eye on her to make sure that she does not get unlucky because he will try to kill her if she learns the truth.

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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% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

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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