discussion Questions for redcastle mysteries
Discussion Questions for Trouble in Tampa by Louise Titchener
- What does Oliver’s reaction to the armed invaders of the train to Tampa tell you about him?
- How do you read Oliver’s attitude toward William Walters, the wealthy client who sends him to Florida?
- What is Oliver’s attitude toward Florida and why?
- What is your guess about the relationship between Letty Thomas and her handsome husband, Larry?
- Oliver appears intrigued by Hannah Kinchman. What do you think his true feelings are toward her?
- As the story develops what surprises you most about Hannah?
- Jake Jaggard warns Oliver about Turpentine camps. Do you think Jake is sincere when he promises to help Oliver escape the camp once he’s taken care of his own business?
- Oliver escapes the Turpentine Camp when he concludes that the Woods Rider plans to kill him. Do you think he was right?
- Oliver begins to dislike Reuben Spooner. Do you think he is justified?
- There are strong women in this story. Do you think Pansy is one of them?
- Oliver risks his life to rescue Hannah. Do you think Hannah would have done the same for him?
Discussion Questions for Ageless
- The book’s prologue depicts the way in which the heroine, Ariane Bragonier, fakes her death and runs from her husband and family. Did the prologue pique your interest in the story? What question s did it raise in your mind?
- The story jumps in time to a period much closer to the present. Cole is researching the science of aging. When his patient, Prentice, tells him about meeting a woman he was in love with in his youth but who hasn’t aged, do you make the connection with Ariane?
- When we meet Ariane she has just learned about the murder of her grandson. She decides to abandon her life in Baltimore and return to New Orleans to find out the truth about what happened does the reader sympathize with her at this point?
- Prentice dies and Cole finds him clutching a picture of Ariane. It’s at this point that Cole begins to suspect that a woman who doesn’t age may actually exist. Does his decision to find her make sense. Does Ariane wish to be “found?” How would a person who never aged protect their identity? Why would they need to?
- Ariane’s friend and companion, Renita, was actually raised by Ariane. Renita is her adopted daughter. Now Renita looks much older than Ariane. What do you make of this relationship?
- Ariane returns to New Orleans and visits the home where she once lived. She sees her daughter, now and old woman, and is struck with sorrow and regret. What would it be like to move through time never aging while all those around you, friends, family, loved ones, aged and died?
- Donato does much evil in this story. But he does have motive. When do the reasons for his acts begin to emerge?Who were the “Miscreants?”
- There are many victimized women in this book. What role do women play in the story? Which women are strong enough to overcome their circumstances, and which women are not.