Monday, December 21, 2015

"Pouncing on Murder"

Laurie Cass writes the Bookmoble Cat Mysteries, set in northwest lower Michigan.
She applied the Page 69 Test to Pouncing on Murder, the 4th book in the series, and reported the following:
The top of page 69 in Pouncing on Murder starts with the main character’s opinion on the edibility of mushrooms. (She’s not so sure.) But one sentence later, the narrative moves to a short action-packed scene that results in Minnie, the main character, having to think fast and act even faster to avoid a tragic accident that would hurt or kill a friend. Or…was an attempted murder? The answer to that question drives the plot for next couple of hundred pages.

Is this page representative of the entire book? Probably not, as there aren’t a lot of scenes that threaten anyone physically. But it does reveal a lot about Minnie; her quirky sense of humor and her willingness to do what needs to be done, even if means putting herself at risk. And it does represent the book’s overall tone – lighthearted, but willing to tackle serious issues. Plus there’s a hint of Eddie’s presence, the opinionated rescue cat who has become such a large part of Minnie’s previously pet-free life.
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--Marshal Zeringue