|Plot Summary of The Cereal Murders|
After Goldy caters a college advisory dinner at Elk Park Preparatory School, the private school which her son Arch and live-in helper Julian attend, she finds the body of the senior class valedictorian in the snow on the school grounds. When she calls home, she also finds out that that night a rock was thrown through an upstairs window in her house, where 12-year-old Arch spent the evening alone. The next day Goldy starts getting hang-up calls, and she realizes the rock was not an accident. After a few other things happen at her house, Goldy begins to wonder whether the death of the valedictorian and the goings-on at her house are linked.
Even though Tom Schulz, the local homicide detective, is in charge of the case, Goldy keeps her eyes and ears open as she caters different events at the school and around town. She sees vandalism at the school, and competition among the parents of the top-ranking seniors, especially when a college recruiter comes to town. She also finds out that the valedictorian had been working on something he planned to submit to the local paper, something that could have made someone else want to stop him. Goldy shares all this information with Tom, and at the same time their relationship begins to heats up.
This synopsis report prepared by Crystal
|Chapter Analysis of The Cereal Murders|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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