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:
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?