Book Groups

Remember that I LOVE coming to book clubs, and I always bring presents! If I can’t be there in person, I can appear via Skype.

Here's my giant head creepily coming into someone's house via their big screen television.

Here’s my giant head creepily coming into someone’s house via their big screen television.

Need some inspiration for book group questions? Look no further:

A Murder in Mount Moriah

  1. Before you read the book, what did you think of the idea of having a young, female hospital chaplain as the main character? How did her religious views come through in the book? How did her beliefs match up with yours?
  2. What did you think of Lindsay as a person? Would you want her to visit if you or a loved one was in the hospital?
  3. There are lots of complicated family dynamics at play in the book. Which were the most interesting to you? Could you identify with any of the relationships?
  4. What scene was the most pivotal in the story? How did it change the story or the characters’ trajectory?
  5. What scenes or characters resonated most with you personally in either a positive or negative way? Why?
  6. The inclusion of a gay chaplain in the story has generated a lot of criticism and some very negative reviews. What did you think of Rob? And what do you make of the controversy?
  7. Were there any particular quotes that stood out to you? Why?

A Death in Duck

  1. One theme of the book is the way the past continues to influence the present. What past influences shape the actions of the characters in the story?
  2. Did your family have any secrets that have been exposed? Do believe that some secrets are best kept hidden?
  3. If you could smack any of the characters upside the head, who would it be and why?
  4. Did your opinion of Lindsay change as you read the book? How?
  5. What do you think of Lindsay and Warren’s relationship? How about Anna and Drew’s?
  6. Leander Swoopes is a pretty evil guy. Do you think anyone is so evil that they’re unsalvageable? Who are the other “bad guys” in this book?
  7. What do you think will happen next to the main characters?

The Burnt Island Burial Ground

Reading a chapter from The Burnt Island Burial Ground

Reading a chapter from The Burnt Island Burial Ground at the Suffolk Mystery Fest

  1. Were you surprised by the way Lindsay’s and Warren’s relationship turned out?
  2. Whose version of the Lowrie story do you believe? Did your ideas about what really happened change as you read?
  3. What did you think of the character of Jess?
  4. Lindsay suffers from low self-esteem and depression. Are you surprised that someone in her line of work would suffer from mental illness? How does her mental illness affect her relationships?
  5. Lindsay’s relationship with her father seems to be gradually improving throughout the series. Do you think it’s possible to change the way you relate to your parents once you’re in your thirties or forties? Or are some patterns too deeply entrenched?
  6. The Lumbee Indians have a fascinating history and heritage. Did you Google the true stories behind any of the incidents in the book? If so, how did it change your perception of what you read? Do you like knowing the true stories behind fictional depictions, or would you rather just let the story stand as-is?
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2 responses to “Book Groups

  1. Pat O'Connor

    I’m looking forward for more of Lindsey’s adventures and who she will marry.

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