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?


Handwriting is, by definition, personal. Today, getting a handwritten letter is exciting! Someone put a lot of effort into communicating with you.

Letter-writing between Victorians was common. They were reserved people who appreciated subtlety. When they alluded to personal circumstances, it was typically in a veiled way.

The letters exchanged between Ed and Alice Burdick were an exception in every way.

Alice and Ed Burdick


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I am delighted to share that Eric Kpakpo Addo has been selected to narrate the Cold Heart audiobook!

If you’re an audiobook listener, you’ll probably agree that the narrator’s voice matters just as much as the story. I received a number of high-quality submissions from potential narrators and Eric was my top choice. I can’t wait for you all to get to hear him!



A few people have asked, Who is the woman on the cover of the book?

Her name is Alice Hull Burdick, and she was the estranged wife of Ed Burdick. Initially, the newspapers described her admiringly: “Just a little woman is Mrs. Burdick. Remarkably petite and full of life, Alice Hull as a school girl and as a society woman was a general favorite with all who knew her. She is perhaps 35 years old, weighs 100 pounds, and is less than five feet in height. Mrs. Burdick has very large black eyes. Her nose is not quite straight and her mouth is just a trifle large. In dress, she is a model of perfection.”

Their later coverage of her was not so favorable!


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