Cold Heart Discussion Page (warning: spoilers included!)

Warning: Spoilers Included

There have been some great discussions about Cold Heart happening around the web! I’ve gotten a few questions about whether there is a forum on this site for discussing the book, so I’m creating one!

I’d love to hear any thoughts you’d like to share about Cold Heart, including the suspects, their motives, the crime scene, the investigation, and the inquest, or feel free to weigh in on any of these controversial questions:

  • What were Mrs. Hull and Dr. Marcy discussing in the basement the morning of the murder?
  • The crime scene was staged in some way. It looked as though Ed had a guest and the visit turned deadly and that a burglar had come in. Were either of these things true, or was the murderer already in the house when the family went to bed?
  • The police quickly narrowed down the list of main suspects to Arthur Pennell, Carrie Pennell, and Mrs. Hull. Did they overlook or dismiss anyone too quickly? Could there have been a plot between any of the suspects?
  • Why did several people who were close to Ed, including his daughter and his business partner, leap to the conclusion he had committed suicide?
  • The police completed their investigation of the crime scene within hours. The Burdicks had servants that lived in the home. Why was the den left in the condition it was for so long after the murder?



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  1. I have so many thoughts here, but I’ll start with just one. I found it odd that Ed would entertain someone in his undershirt so late at night with his children home. That didn’t strike me as true to his character. And we know the food and drink wasn’t something he enjoyed. I am beginning to think he didn’t have a visitor at all, and it was staged to both divert to another suspect, and also appear he was entertaining a lover. Entertaining a woman in what he was wearing with his mother in law in the house was especially untoward for the time period.

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    • That is a great point… it could have been almost like a manifestation of what she feared would happen. Ed might be the type of guy who would lose interest in a woman who was willing to come over late at night and fool around with him… and he seemed to really like the newly-divorced Mrs. Warren. But he definitely liked women, and seemed to be getting over Alice. So I’m on the fence there.
      Small detail related to the food… there was only one glass out and someone had clearly been drinking from it. And someone had eaten the tart. But supposedly, this wasn’t food Ed would have eaten.


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