|Plot Summary of A Cat Named Brat|
Signet, July 2002, 5.99, 208 pp.
She was a Minnesota farm girl who came to the Big Apple to break into the theatre. After almost two decades of living in the city Alice Nestleton is still looking for a break. To supplement her income between acting jobs, she pet sits for cats. An acquaintance of a friend, Louis Montag hires Alice to play with his cat while he is writing his book.
When she arrives at Mr. Montag's home, she's told that his hired companion is walking the cat and will be back shortly. The doorbell rings and Alice goes to answer it thinking it is Brat and his companion but before she has a chance to see who it is, she's knocked unconscious. When she comes to she finds Montag tortured and killed. Alice decides to find his killer, a move that once again puts her own life in jeopardy.
A CAT NAMED BRAT is a light hearted enjoyable mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously especially when Alice “personalizes” the murder of a client's owner. Give the plot time because the story line makes sense only when all the facts are in and the readers are able to tie them together into a picture of an almost inconceivable scenario. Lydia Adams once again delivers a charming amateur sleuth tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of A Cat Named Brat|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
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?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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