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First Chapter, First Paragraph, June 19, 2018

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This week I’m sharing with you a backlist book that has been sitting on my shelf for entirely too long!

Assassin

The late afternoon sun slanted through the tall windows opening onto the Grand Canal. There were silken peacocks in the velvet draperies and they stirred in the salty Adriatic breeze. These warm evening zephyrs sent sunstruck motes of dust swirling indolently upward toward the vaulted and gilded ceiling.

Not going to lie … this book was slightly slow to start. But I kept with it and I’m really enjoying it now! It’s chunkier than what I’ve been reading lately, but I really enjoy Alex Hawke’s character.

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, June 12, 2018

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This week I’m spotlighting the ARC I’m reading right now. It was an impulse request on NetGalley and I’m LOVING it! **FYI: Strong language ahead**

Jar of Hearts

The trial has barely made a dent in the national news. Which is good, because it means less publicity, fewer reporters. But it’s also bad, because jut how depraved do crimes have to be nowadays to garner national headlines?

Pretty fucking bad, it seems.

Not going to lie … this book has sucked me in completely! I’ve read half of it the last day and a half and am looking forward to finishing it up rather quickly! Thank goodness, because I was afraid I was on the verge of a slump because I had picked up a book before this one and it was very slow going … I decided a change of pace would be nice and this book has definitely fit the bill of that.

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, May 22, 2018

First Chapter

This week I’ve got another backlist book that I’m currently reading for you…

NYPD Red 2

“Were you really serious about the Hitler thing?” Dave said, dousing Meredith’s jeans and sweater with lighter fluid.

“Easy on the rocket fuel there, pyro,” Gideon said. “We’re just torching her clothes, not trying to burn the house down.”

So I read the first book in this series, NYPD Red, last year and enjoyed it. So I happily picked this one up looking forward to a quick and easy read. The intro really caught my attention … why are they burning someone’s clothes?!

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, May 15, 2018

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This week I’m featuring a backlist title that I’m currently reading (and loving!!):

What Doesn't Kill Her

The last time she would ever go swimming, all of Seattle was baking beneath a sky of blameless blue. For two whole days, temperatures had soared while she begged her family for a quick trip to the lake. An hour? Thirty minutes?

I read the first Reeve LeClaire book (The Edge of Normal) back in 2013 and loved it. This one has been on my shelf for quite some time, so I don’t really know why it’s taken me so long to pick it up. Regardless, I’m glad that I’m reading it now because it’s really good!

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, May 8, 2018

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This week I’m featuring the book that I’m reading for the May selection in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club:

What I Saw and How I Lied

The match snapped, then sizzled, and I woke up fast. I heard my mother inhale as she took a long pull on a cigarette. Her lips stuck on the filter, so I knew she was still wearing lipstick. She’d been up all night.

I am in love with that cover …. and I am so not a cover person! I’m just now settling in with this book. It’s a relatively short read and I can’t wait to get more into it!

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, April 24, 2018

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Here’s the opening to my current read:

Hiding

They died, Rebecca Brown’s mum and dad. They were killed on a road with a big reputation. Rebecca could only imagine it. She was hundreds of miles from the scene of the crash when it happened. When she thought of that road, she pictured it covered in ice, black ice, since the accident took place on a bitter December night. The A42, was the road’s alphanumeric name. The Killer Road, they called it back then in the papers. The Killer Road has struck again! The headlines came into Rebecca’s mind like a voice, like Vincent Price, as if the road arched up into vertical life, a tartar monster stalking its victims.

I’m definitely drawn in by that intro! I sure hope you come back on May 3rd to see my review of this one 🙂

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First Chapter, First Paragraph, April 17, 2018

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Here’s the opening to my current read:

The Woman in Cabin 10

In my dream, the girl was drifting, far, far below the crashing waves and the cries of the gulls in the cold, sunless depths of the North Sea. Her laughing eyes were white and bloated with salt water; her pale skin was wrinkled; her clothes ripped by jagged rocks and disintegrating into rags.

I’ve had this one on my shelf for quite some time now. It was my BOTM selection ages ago. Ugh. Why do I get these great books and then let them just sit there?! Ridiculous! I’m definitely looking forward to digging in further to this one!!

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First Chapter, First Paragraph – April 10, 2018

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This week I’m sharing the first paragraph of my current read:

F is for Fugitive

The Ocean Street Motel in Floral Beach, California, is located, oddly enough, on Ocean Street, a stone’s throw from the sea wall that slants ten feet down toward the Pacific. The beach is a wide band of beige trampled with footprints that are smoothed away by the high tide every day. Public access is afforded by a set of concrete stairs with a metal rail. A wooden fishing pier, built out into the water, is anchored at the near end by the office of the Port Harbor Authority, which is painted a virulent blue.

Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake’s body had been found at the foot of the sea wall, but the spot wasn’t visible from where I stood. At the time, Bailey Fowler, an ex-boyfriend of hers, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Now he’d changed his tune. Every violent death represents the climax of one story and an introduction to its sequel. My job was to figure out how to write the proper ending to the tale, not easy after so much time had elapsed.

I’m looking forward to jumping back in with Kinsey Millhone. And now I want to know what happened to Jean Timberlake 🙂

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First Chapter, First Paragraph – April 3, 2018

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So this week I am featuring the April selection for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s book club:

Home Fire

Isma was going to miss her flight. The ticket wouldn’t be refunded, because the airline took no responsibility for passengers who arrived at the airport three hours ahead of the departure time and were escorted to an interrogation room.

Not going to lie …. that immediately caught my attention!! What about you?! Would you continue reading!?

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First Chapter/First Paragraph – March 27, 2018

Well, it’s been three years since I last participated in this … oops?! It even has a new home with Vicki at I’d Rather Be at the Beach ….

This week I’m featuring the intro to Barnes & Noble’s March Serial Reads selection:

Art in the Blood (Sherlock Holmes Adventures, #1)

My dear friend Sherlock Holmes once said, ‘Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.’ And so it was for him. In my numerous accounts of the adventures we shared, I have mentioned his violin playing, his acting – but his artistry went much deeper than that. I believe it was at the very root of his remarkable success as the world’s first consulting detective.

I have been loath to write in detail about Holmes’s artistic nature, lest it reveal a vulnerability in him that could place him in danger. It is well known that in exchange for visionary powers, artists often suffer with extreme sensitivity and violent changeability of temperament. A philosophical crisis, or simply the boredom of inactivity, could send Holmes spinning into a paralysed gloom from which I could not retrieve him.

It was in such a state that I discovered my friend in late November of 1888.