First Paragraph: Murder In the Mews

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

I’m reading Murder In the Mews by Agatha Christie. I really do enjoy her novels. I’ve taken the liberty of skipping down to the fourth paragraph in my quote below. It seems to be a better place to start, plus it gives you a sense of the humor that existed between the two men. This scene is occuring on Guy Fawkes Day, a day for fireworks and loud celebrations.

Turning off the main road, the two men passed into the comparative quiet of a mews. They had been dining together and were now taking a short cut to Hercule Poirot’s flat.

As they walked along, the sound of squibs was still heard periodically. An occasional shower of golden rain illuminated the sky.

“Good night for a murder,” remarked Superintendent Japp with professional interest. “Nobody would hear a shot, for instance, on a night like this.”

“It has always seemed odd to me that more criminals do not take advantage of the fact,” said Hercule Poirot.

Well, I know, of course, that a murder will be committed – or at least it looks like a murder.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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6 Responses to First Paragraph: Murder In the Mews

  1. Beth F says:

    But it’s Christie. Of course I’d keep reading. 🙂

  2. Kim V says:

    Agatha Christie never fails to entertain me! Great intro!

  3. Staci says:

    That was funny!!! I love AC and happened upon 8 vintage AC books at a garage sale this past week!! I was giddy with anticipation!!

  4. kaye says:

    everytime you feature an Agatha Christie book I think I’m going to read one . . .

  5. As it can be the great news about the mews and get the full credit for it. really interesting.

  6. kaye says:

    I’m hooked already! : )

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