First Paragraph: Appointment With Death

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 another Agatha Christie. It’s Appointment With Death, a Hercule Poirot mystery. This book is different in that the author takes the first half of the book just to introduce the victim and possible suspects. Here’s the first paragraph:

“You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?”

The question floated out into the still night air, seemed to hang there a moment and then drift away down into the darkness towards the Dead Sea.

Hercule Poirot paused a minute with his hand on the window catch. Frowning, he shut it decisively, thereby excluding any injurious night air! Hercule Poirot had been brought up to believe that all outside air was best left outside and that night air was especially dangerous to the health.

 What do you think of the first paragraph?

Would you keep reading?

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5 Responses to First Paragraph: Appointment With Death

  1. Hattie says:

    Love it! Makes me want to read an Agatha at this very moment. I like “don’t you see she’s got to be killed?” My mind asks, why??? Why does he/she/they have to kill her? What is the victim like?? I want to know. This has been fun.:)

  2. That intro immediately draws me in and makes me want to read on. Great pick, and pretty sure this sounds like a winner. Thanks so much for joining in.

  3. JoAnn says:

    I’d definitely keep reading! Fall is perfect for reading Agatha Christie.

  4. kaye says:

    It does sound good. I think next year I’m going to have to incorporate some Agatha Christie into my reading diet.

  5. Staci says:

    But of course I would keep reading!!

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