|Plot Summary of Tough Cookie|
Goldy's catering business is presently shut down because the local health inspector told her that she will need different drains to operate out of her house. The problem is that the new drains will cost several thousand dollars, and since Tom and Goldy just did some remodeling in the house, they are short of money. Goldy's friend Eileen helps her out by getting her a cooking show that will air on PBS for a few weeks, but even though Goldy appreciates it and hopes it will get her a position as a personal chef, the show itself will not provide Goldy with enough money to get the new drains.
Tom and Goldy have also tried to sell Tom's historic, signed skis valued at about $10,000, but the shops they've contacted offer them only about half that amount. Goldy decides to contact Doug Portman, a man she once briefly dated, because she knows he collects historical items. He agrees to buy the skis, but because Goldy knew Tom would not approve of her selling the skis to Portman, she asks Portman to meet her where she is filming the show. Portman agrees and brings the cash, but before the transaction can take place, he is killed while skiing. Goldy then finds out from the police that after she had dated Portman, he became the chairman of the parole board in Colorado. This makes her look suspicious to the police, as it looks like she may have tried to use the skies to bribe Portman to not give parole to her ex-husband who had been abusive to her.
Then as Goldy is driving back home, she is in a pile-up that sends her van over a cliff. Miraculously, she is not killed, and she finds out later that the pile-up was not an accident. Someone deliberately hit the vehicle in back of hers to make it hit her van. Now that Goldy knows the incident was personal, she wonders whether Portman's death was not an accident either, and whether the two incidents may be linked. Goldy once again starts her own sleuthing.
This synopsis report prepared by Crystal
|Chapter Analysis of Tough Cookie|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- climbing on trails
- skiing off
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
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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