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First Paragraph: Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy

I just started reading this book as I sat down to do this post. As I copied the first paragraph I couldn’t help but keep going. I’m curious to see if it appeals to you the same way. 1953—Annie Annie Holleran hears him before she sees him. Even over the drone of the cicadas, she […]

First Paragraph: Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

I am more than half-way through this charmingly written story set in a fictional South American country. The story revolves around a well known opera singer. I find it very compelling. Here is how it begins: When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her. Maybe he had been turning toward her just before it […]

First Paragraph: Injustice For All

Injustice For All is the third book in a legal thriller series I’m determined to read. So far, there are seven books. I haven’t started it yet, but I will in the next couple of days. If its like the previous two books, I know I’m in  for an intense story. The story seems to […]

First Paragraph: Officer Elvis

I’m reading a book by an author who is new to me: Gary Cusik. Officer Elvis is his second book in his Darla Cavannah detective series. I’m almost done with the story and, at least so far, I’m enjoying the author’s writing and creativity. Here is how Officer Elvis begins: The Chariot The poster at the […]

First Paragraph: The Sussex Downs Murder

I just started reading a vintage mystery that has been re-discovered. The book is a British Library Crime Classic that is about to be re-published in the U.S. by Poisoned Pen Press. I like this old type of detective novel. Here’s how the story begins: Chapter One The Opening of a Problem Dominating that part of […]

First Paragraph: The Bone Tree

This week’s featured book is The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. This is the author’s second book in a trilogy set in Natchez, Mississippi. It features Penn Cage, a character who has been in a couple of Iles’ previous books. The books are long but soon good. Here’s how the book begins: Tonight death and […]

First Paragraph: Losing Faith

I’m reading a book in one of my favorite genres: legal thrillers. This is my first time reading a thriller by Adam Mitzner, but I can tell you his Losing Faith is already very, very good. Here’s how the book begins: “You’re wrong, Aaron.” Sam Rosenthal’s tone suggests he’s talking about much more than the […]

First Paragraph: The View From Here

I just finished reading The View From Here by XX. It was one of those fun, comfort-reads. I’ll tell you about it on Thursday. In the meantime, here’s how the story begins: “Open it. What are you afraid of?” A simple question, with lots of simple answers. Maggie Stevens was afrai of heights. Of snakes, deep […]

First Paragraph: The Godforsaken Daughter

This week I am featuring The Godforsaken Daughter by Christina McKenna. The main character, Ruby, worked side by side with her father on their Irish dairy farm. She’s struggling to cope now that he’s gone. Here’s how the story begins: Ruby Clare sat in a velour recliner in the kitchen of Oaktree Farmhouse, knitting a […]

First Paragraph: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

One of the book clubs I belong to is reading this twentieth-century classic by Betty Smith. I’m finding it just as enjoyable as I did when I first read it when I was 13. Have you ever read it? Serene is a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of […]