I love attending book clubs, and if you live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, or an adjoining county, please contact me to discuss an in person author appearance! (Just click on the About & Contact tab.) Below are some questions to help spur book club discussion--THESE INCLUDE SPOILERS! Please let me know of additional questions you come up with as you read the books
The Sense of Death
Considering that the reader knows “whodunit” early in the novel, how does the author create and maintain the suspense?
Is Biden Firth a sympathetic or unsympathetic character, and why? How about Elizabeth Firth?
Would you be interested in living in a home with a friendly spirit, as Mavis VanDyke wants to?
In what ways is Garrick’s relationship to Ann one of a mentor? In which ways a competitor?
How does Ann’s experience with Mike’s acceptance of her skill, and with Dan’s rejection of it, color how she interacts with the world?
How would you react if you had Ann’s skill?
The Sense of Reckoning
To what extent is Mike’s desire for Ann to continue in the spirit sensing business driven by self-interest and to what extent by concern for Ann’s well-being?
What is Garrick’s motivation for breaking his promise to Ellen that he would not involve another spirit senser? Do you agree with his decision?
At what point in the story does Ann seem most relaxed and comfortable, and why is that?
What enables Ann finally to extract herself from Biden’s “curse”?
Rock Paper Scissor
Are Charlotte and Patrick Ballard right to keep Lizzy's ability a secret, and why? What would you do in their place? In Lizzy's place?
What are Gerard Bonnay and Louise Mortensen's motivations, and which, if either, is most understandable?
How do the locations of the various scenes inform the plot?
Which character would you most want to have a diner breakfast with, and why?
What are the rock, paper, and scissors of the story, and which one triumphs in the end?
Snakes and Ladders
How would you handle the situation Owen was in, torn between wanting to take care of Lizzy and wanting to take care of his parents?
What do you think would have happened if Ambrose Steck had helped Owen execute Lizzy’s plan?
What do you think about the favor Philip asks Lizzy to do. Did your attitude change when Lizzy discovers the photograph in Philip's wallet?