Till The Cows Come Home Book Summary and Study Guide

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Poisoned Pen Press, April 2004, 24.95, 298 pp.
ISBN 1590580826

Unless one is a very rich, a dairy farmer can barely eke out a subsistence wage but twenty-nine year old Stella Crown loves it and can't think of one thing she would rather be doing. Tall, dark, and sexy Nick Hathaway arrives at Stella's farm on her birthday and she gives herself a present by having him paint the heifer barn. She is concerned that many of her family's children are down with the flu and she and the whole community become convinced that it is something more when one of the children dies from it.
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Stella is having her own problems as well beginning with a cow that was deliberately electrocuted. Someone also sabotaged her manure lagoon and caused her electricity to go down. A calf is hung and dies, someone lets her cows run loose, her dog disappears, the barn burns down and someone pretending to be her called to cancel her insurance. Meanwhile, the flu like symptoms is traced to a poisonous toxin but the medical authorities don't know the source of the poison or how it spread. Stella seeks the answers not knowing that they could kill her.

Readers will have a better understanding of dairy farmers and the hardships they endure in today's economy after reading TILL THE COWS COME HOME. The protagonist is tough enough to keep her farm going despite the problems she endures but is kind and generous enough to give a helping hand and a hug to those who need it. Judy Clemons' debut novel proves she has plenty of talent and has found her niche in the mystery genre.

Harriet Klausner

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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% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

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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