Book Clubs

Hello book clubs! Here are some questions to kick off discussion of my books, organized by series. Due to reader interest, questions for specific books are also in progress.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in having me stop by your book club in person, or anywhere in the world and are interested in me joining you via Skype, send me an email at gigi [at] gigipandian.com so we can plan something.

Book Club Discussion Questions for the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries

  1. The Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries are described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Agatha Christie. Was your initial reaction that the book was more an adventure story, or more a mystery? Which element were you most drawn to?
  2. Which plot twist surprised you the most? Or were you more drawn to the characters and their relationships than the plot twists?
  3. Superstition is used in the different cultures in the books to hide the truth. Do you have a favorite local legend or ghost story?
  4. Being part of two cultures (India and America), Jaya describes feeling like an outsider. Did you relate to Jaya in this way, or which character did you most relate to?
  5. Which of Jaya’s eclectic friends is your favorite, and why?
  6. If you were hosting a dinner party for the characters in the book, who would you want to invite?
  7. If you were casting a movie for the book, which actors could you imagine playing the characters?
  8. What books or movies did the book remind you of?
  9. Did you learn anything new about history or different cultures by reading the book? 
  10. The Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries are fair-play “puzzle” mystery in which the reader is given the clues to solve the mystery. Did you guess the solution of the treasure and/or the killer?
  11. If you could ask the author one question about the book, what would it be? (Let me know what it is! Email me at gigi [at] gigipandian.com)

Book Club Discussion Questions for the Accidental Alchemist Mysteries

  1. The Accidental Alchemist Mysteries are a mystery series with fantasy elements. Was your initial reaction that the book was more an fantasy story or more a mystery? Which element were you most drawn to?
  2. A living gargoyle… seriously? Did Dorian win you over? How do you think he did it?
  3. Zoe Faust has been alive for centuries, yet shares the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us. Did you find her realistic?
  4. Which of Zoe’s eclectic friends is your favorite, and why?
  5. Now if you had to pick one of Zoe’s friends besides Dorian, who’s your favorite?
  6. Did you enjoy the descriptions of Dorian’s cooking and recipes, or did you wish the book would stay focus on the mystery?
  7. What elements of alchemy were most interesting to you?
  8. If you were hosting a dinner party for the characters in the book, who would you want to invite?
  9. If you were casting a movie for the book, which actors could you imagine playing the characters?
  10. What books or movies did the book remind you of? (Note from the author: I imagine these books as a female version of The Highlander TV show mashed up with Scooby Doo. Instead of a talking and mystery-solving dog, Zoe got a talking gargoyle.)
  11. If you could ask the author one question about the book, what would it be? (Let me know what it is! Email me at gigi [at] gigipandian.com)