The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Book Summary and Study Guide

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James Mackintosh Qwilleran is at it again. This time the K Fund has built a County Art House and across the street is the ugly, ramshackled house of Maude Coggins, much to the dismay of Beverly Forfar, the director. When Coggin's house burns down with her in it shortly after selling it, Qwill's mustache starts twitching. Distinctively absent at the furneral is Forfar, but is that only because the sophisticated city girl cannot deal with living in a small town? And who now owns the land where Maude used to live? It seems the illustrious Mayor Chester Ramsbottom's wife owns the land. Why would she own the land?
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Also looking suspicious is the Art Center and the people who are using the movie room. With no signs of breaking in, this is definitely an inside job. Jasper, a parrot with foul language, provides clues for Qwill. With help of Rollo McBee and his spelling-champion son, and as always Koko and Yum Yum, Qwilleran will get to the bottom of who killed Maude Coggins and who is breaking into the Art Center.
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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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Kind of investigator    -   dog/cat investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   arson Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Small town?    -   Yes

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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