THEY DID IT WITH LOVE

Kate Morgenroth

 Sofie and her husband have decided to trade their Manhattan apartment for a house in Greenwich, Connecticut. But the oak-shaded streets are not the tranquil retreat that Sofie expected. When Julia, a member of Sofie’s new neighborhood book club, turns up dead, things get messy. Sofie discovers that everybody has something to hide, including her own husband.

As Sofie wades through a swamp of suburban secrets, it becomes clear that no one’s life is exactly what it seems to be. Priscilla has been married to Gordon for fifteen years, but the love left their marriage a long time ago.

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 Sofie and her husband have decided to trade their Manhattan apartment for a house in Greenwich, Connecticut. But the oak-shaded streets are not the tranquil retreat that Sofie expected. When Julia, a member of Sofie’s new neighborhood book club, turns up dead, things get messy. Sofie discovers that everybody has something to hide, including her own husband.

As Sofie wades through a swamp of suburban secrets, it becomes clear that no one’s life is exactly what it seems to be. Priscilla has been married to Gordon for fifteen years, but the love left their marriage a long time ago. Susan is Priscilla’s biggest supporter, until she has to choose between loyalty to her friend and telling the truth. Ashley’s youth and status as a second wife keep her on the outside, but she may know more than the other women think she does. Julia seemed to have it all: the perfect house, job and husband. But her untimely death leaves everyone questioning how perfect her life really was. The investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Julia’s death uncovers the lies behind the façade. They Did It with Love is a delightful, twisty, and twisted exploration of the things we’ll do for love.

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  • Plume
  • Paperback
  • December 2007
  • 336 Pages
  • 9780452288973

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About Kate Morgenroth

Kate Morgenroth is the author of Kill Me First and Saved, and two YA novels, Jude and Echo. She lives in New York.

Praise

“Compulsively readable. Filled with wonderfully wicked characters and brilliant twists and turns.” Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files

“I thoroughly enjoyed They Did It with Love. It was a deliciously entertaining romp through the thickets of suburban marriage and murder.” Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages

Discussion Questions

Did you figure out who the murderer was before the reveal?

How did you feel when you discovered who killed Julia? Did you feel sympathetic to the murderer?

What clues does Morgenroth give to the murderer’s identity throughout the novel? Are there false clues that point to others?

There are several different marriages and serious relationships portrayed in the novel. Which ones do you think will survive for the long haul and why do you think those characters work as a couple?

Would you join Priscilla’s book group if you were invited?

Priscilla has very specific rules for her book group. Do you agree with her rules or disagree with them? How important are rules in your book group (supposing you are in one)?

Would you characterize your neighborhood as a close community? Is your community like the one that Morgenroth portrays here, with competition over holiday decoration and parties and secrets from your neighbors?

Do you think that a community in the suburbs is more prone to secrets and competitive nature than a community within a city? Why or why not?

Did you relate to Sophie’s fears and concerns about moving out of the city to a suburban environment? Have you made a similar move and were you glad you did?

If you are living in a small town or a suburb now, could you imagine yourself living in a large city?