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First Paragraph: Coming Home

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea and friends to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m a long-time fan of Rosamunde Pilcher. I love her portrayals of family relationships. In the past I always enjoyed reading one every summer. […]

First Paragraph: The Graveyard Book

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m gradually working my way through all the Newberry Medal winners. I’m almost done listening to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Its so good I don’t […]

First Paragraph: The Case of the Invisible Dog

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea and friends to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m reading a cozy mystery that also happens to be fun and funny. It’s The Case of the Invisible Dog by Diane Stingley. Here’s […]

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 […]