First Paragraph: The Cruelest Month

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.

For those of you who love Louis Penny’s Three Pine Mysteries, you will recognize the opening paragraph of her third novel, The Cruelest Month.

Kneeling in the fragrant, moist grass of the village green, Clara Morrow carefully hid the Easter egg and thought about raising the dead, which she planned to do right after supper. Wiping a strand of hair from her face, she smeared bits of grass, mud and some other brown stuff that might not be mud into her tangled hair. All around, villagers wandered with their baskets of brightly colored eggs, looking for the perfect hiding places. Ruth Zardo sat on the bench in the middle of the green tossing the eggs at random, though occasionally she’d haul off and peg someone in the back of the head or on the bottom. She had disconcertingly good aim for someone so old and so nuts, thought Clara.

Oh yes, it’s the same wonderful cast of village characters, plus a couple of newbies. And, yes, there will be a murder and the appearance of Chief Inspector Gamache and his team. I am almost done with the story and hope to tell you about it this week.

What do you think? Based on the first paragraph,

would you be interested in reading more?

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7 Responses to First Paragraph: The Cruelest Month

  1. Beth F says:

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I still have not read Louise Penny. I even own a couple of her books. Yes, I’m bad. Love the first paragraph.

  2. Kay says:

    My favorite mystery series ever. I just finished the new one that will be published next week. Such a talented writer and, in my opinion, her books get better and better with each one. You have lots of fun ahead of you.

  3. Barbara says:

    I’d keep reading on the basis of the author’s name alone; I love her books. Even if I didn’t know Louise Penny, I still keep reading. Sounds very funny.

  4. kaye says:

    sounds delightful :)

  5. Staci says:

    Oh, yes I would!! You’re the one who inspired me to read my first Penny book and I LOVED it!!! 😀

  6. Kaye says:

    I adore Louise Penny and am totally in love with Gamache! Can’t wait to read The Beautiful Mystery. Hope you’re loving this one.

  7. amy says:

    I do not know much about Louise Penny but i had heard about this book. I will surely read this book.. i love to read the first paragraph.

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