The Cat Who Saw Red Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jim Qwilleran has been promoted to food critic for the The Daily Fluxion, just as he is going on a diet. He is invited to a Gourmet Club dinner at Maus House, an apartment building which rents to artists and people in the food industry. He ends up as one of the lodgers, and is flung into a society of assorted eccentrics. Among the other inhabitants are potters Joy and Dan Graham. Joy happens to be Qwill's old girlfriend, and when she confides in him that she's getting a divorce, he generously lends her some money so she can hire a lawyer. The next morning Joy has disappeared, and soon the houseboy, William, has disappeared as well. Qwill suspects foul play, but how can he prove it? The solution is provided by Koko, the clever cat, and a book about the history of pottery.
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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 upbeat 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?    -   50% Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   dog/cat investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   food/cooking Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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