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Posted on December 29, 2013 - by

Book Group Discussion Questions: MURDER WITH GANACHE

I can hardly wait for MURDER WITH GANACHE to hit bookshelves. And I am thrilled to talk to book groups, whether it’s in person or online. If your group might like a book discussion with me, Lucy, on board, please send an email to LucyBurdette at gmail dot com. Meanwhile, here are a few questions that might get your group’s discussion off to a good start!

1. Hayley’s mother says that “life develops around the kitchen table” and that “kids need to understand how food connects the people in their lives.” Hayley’s stepmom insists that life develops at work–who cares whether a mother uses a cake mix or serves macaroni from a box? Where would you stand in this argument?

2. Hayley’s parents have a disagreement about social justice on the way to the marina. How do you feel about the homeless people as presented in the book? Have you had any personal experience with homeless folks?

3. When Hayley’s brother Rory gets into trouble, the family struggles with how much to tell the police. They wonder whose side the cops are on. How do you think you might react in a similar situation? Would you trust the police to have your interests at heart?

4. Hayley says “Food meant comfort and love and even peace in my family.” If you had to sum it up, what would you say food meant to your family?

5. Hayley tells Rory “I’ve discovered that family has less to do with biology than it does with who cares enough to make the effort.” Does this statement ring true for you? Talk about a person who isn’t a blood relation in your life who feels like family.

6. When spirits are low, Hayley and her mom make comfort food for the extended family–spanakopita and Greek salad and strawberry whipped cream pie. What menu would you design to cheer up a troubled family member or friend?

Posted on February 23, 2012 - by

Discussion Questions for An Appetite for Murder

The Killer Coffee Club that meets at the Barnes and Noble in Ithaca, New York, recently invited me to their book club (by Skype.) Their moderator, Nikki Bonanni, nudged me to develop some discussion questions for AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. These led to a lively session–so much fun to talk to folks who have read the book about their reactions!

Book Club meetings are some of my favorite events, so feel free to email me if you’d like to have me attend your group’s meeting! And here are some questions to start the ball rolling.

1. Setting is crucial in the Key West food critic mystery series. What
does Hayley Snow notice and/or appreciate about the town that
longer-term residents might not?

2.  Hayley left New Jersey to be with Chad Lutz rather impulsively.
Can you imagine doing what she did? What are the other factors that
played into this decision.

3. Food plays a huge role in Hayley’s life. Where did her love for
food and eating come from? What would you say is her relationship to

4. What would be the best and worst parts of being a food critic in real life?

5. Both Hayley and her mother believe in the power of tarot card
readings. How do you feel about fortune telling? Do you find her
reliance on Lorenzo believable?

6. Defining the reasons that an amateur sleuth gets involved with
solving a mystery (her stake) is always challenging. Talk about
Hayley’s stake in solving this murder. What will be challenges of
having her investigate future crimes in this series?