|Plot Summary of Katie's Gold |
Intrigue Press, June 2003, 24.95, 253 pp.
When Pam Livingston, Chuck Ovens and Nora Ryan lured historian Paul Fischer to Jacksonville, Oregon, he thought they wanted him to write a biography of Doctor Hollingsworth. Instead, the trio hoped that Paul would find proof that Pam was Kate Baker's granddaughter and heir to a vast fortune. Although Paul found the proof, he never gave it to them.
Although Paul thought he whole incident was in the past, it reopens when his home, office and garage are broken into and the only thing missing is the research on the Walker sisters. When Paul receives a call from Pam informing him that somebody beat Nora up, he flies to Jacksonville to find out what is going on. After Chuck is murdered and the killer visits Nora two more times. Pam and Paul go through the estate records and learn about a large sum of money that has not been found. Before the killer strikes again, Paul and Pam are determined to find the money and end the nightmare they are living.
KATIE'S GOLD is an exciting amateur sleuth tale but it is the antagonist who captures and holds the reader's attention. The killer is so single minded and determined, that he will use whatever means necessary, including murder to get what he wants. The audience will like reading about a woman who made her will so airtight that ever the lawyers can't find a loophole. Pam has grown since her last appearance (KATIE'S WILL) and the audience will find her more approachable and likable. Paul is a mench that is impossible to dislike and KATIE'S GOLD is a novel that is good, if not better, than it's prequel.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Katie's Gold |
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Pacific NW
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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