The Long Meow Mystery Reading Group Guide

Diary of a Confessions Queen

By Kathy Carmichael

The Long Meow Mystery by Kathy Carmichael

Reader Discussion Questions

Story:

  1. Amy’s grandma used to say “Karma is as karma does.” Has anyone in your life used an unusual saying that you found helpful?
  2. Sometimes Amy wondered if she was doing the right thing. If you were in her same situation what would you do?
  3. Amy says that small instances will trigger memories. Has this happened to you? What small instance has triggered a beloved memory?
  4. Sue Ann accused Amy of running in place. Can you identify with this? Have you ever felt you were running in place? If so, how’d you get out of it?
  5. What did you think of Amy’s decision not to tell her mother-in-law what she’d done? (Having Dan declared dead).
  6. When Amy and Sue Ann find the unwelcome visitor in Amy’s car they have different reactions. How would you have reacted?
  7. Amy stated that her encounter with the rattlesnake “gave me the courage to voice my fears.” How or why do you think that happened?
  8. Amy was not happy when Jerome showed up with the workers. Have you ever had anyone step in and take over in the name of looking care of you? How did you react?
  9. When Amy is scared she handles it with “unnatural sass.” How do you handle scary situations?
  10. Driving Mrs. Mitchell’s car gave Amy a sense of control and freedom. Have you ever experienced something like that?
  11. Mrs. Mitchell asks Amy to do something strange when they go shopping. Would you have given in to her wishes?
  12. Amy lost something very precious to her. Have you ever suffered such a loss? If so, how did you get through it?
  13. What did you think of Brad’s gift to Amy? Has anyone done something like that for you?
  14. What did you think of Amy’s chosen career? Was it interesting to you?
  15. Did you like how the book ended?

General:

  1. Who were your favorite characters and why? Least favorite?
  2. Did the characters seem real to you? Can you relate to them?
  3. Did you have a favorite part of the book? Least favorite?
  4. What scene (s) made you experience emotion – laugh, cry, etc.?
  5. Did the story reveal anything about the author’s world view? If so, what?
  6. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
  7. Would you like to see these characters again, in another book?
  8. What did you think of the author’s use of humor in the book?
  9. What did you think of the chapter titles?

Mystery:

  1. Did you think the suspect’s motives were plausible?
  2. Were you surprised when the villain was revealed? If so, who did you think did it?
  3. Did the author plant enough clues and red herrings?
  4. The structure (ie: the mystery revealed) was a little different than most mysteries. What did you think of that?
  5. What did you think of the pacing? Did the author balance suspense with sleuthing?