First Paragraph: Elephants Can Remember

Elephants Can Remember2I just finished reading one of Agatha Christie’s classic mysteries. I found that Ms. Christie put a lot of herself into this novel in a sort of “tongue in check” manner. For instance, this first chapter is about a “famous mystery novelist” at a Literary Luncheon. Here is how it begins:

Mrs. Oliver looked at herself in the glass. She gave a brief, sideways look towards the clock on the mantelpiece, which she had some idea was twenty minutes slow. Then she resumed her study of her coiffure. The trouble with Mrs. Oliver was — and she admitted it freely — that her styles of hairdressing were always being changed. She had tried almost everything in turn. A severe pompadour at one time, then a windswept style where you brushed back your locks to display an intellectual brow, at least she hoped the brow was intellectual. She had tried tightly arranged curls, she had tried a kind of artistic disarray. She had to admit that it did not matter very much today what her type of hairdressing was, because today she was going to do what she very seldom did, wear a hat.

 What do you think? Did it make you want to keep reading?

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. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs.


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9 Responses to First Paragraph: Elephants Can Remember

  1. I like that intro a lot and honestly, you can’t go wrong with some thing by A.C. I;d keep reading. Thanks for joining us.

  2. I’m honestly not into mysteries but if I were to read some, I’d start with Christie!

  3. I’ve never read Agatha Christie’s books. I just haven’t been that compelled to read one, even though so many people love them. This intro is good, but not sure if I would keep reading.

  4. Judy B says:

    I have not read any Agatha Christie either. No particular reason, just haven’t, but this one might make me pick up this book anyway and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Agatha Christie was so talented. I’ve read many of her novels over the years and have always enjoyed them. I haven’t read this one, but I hope to. Enjoy!

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  6. I must admit that, while I’ve often thought of reading Agatha Christie, I have not yet read one of her books. I really have to grab one. I love the sound of this one.


  7. I really enjoy Agatha Christie’s novels and would definitely keep reading if met with this intro.

  8. Vicki says:

    I’m a Christie fan, so I’d keep reading!

  9. kelley says:

    I’ve heard of this title before and heard it is one of her better ones. thanks for stopping by today. How is your fall going? I miss quirky girls 😀

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