Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Beginnings: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury USA, July 2015). These are the opening lines of Part One:
The home office telegraphy department always smelled of tea. The source was one packet of Lipton's at the back of Nathaniel Steepleton's desk drawer.

Initial Thoughts:

First thing that occurred to me: That must be one extremely strong package of tea. Other than that, I don't really have much to say. Except maybe that I'm not particularly overwhelmed by this beginning. But I like the book's description, so I'm willing to take a chance. (You can read an excerpt from the book over at BookBrowse, possibly for a limited time.)

Actually, I think I was more attracted by the cover than by any of the synopses I've read. Dangerous, I know -- picking a book for its cover art. You never do that, do you?



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Forgotten Room


This week my teaser lines come from The Forgotten Room, by Lincoln Child (Doubleday, May 2015). It's the 4th novel in Child's "Jeremy Logan" series of thrillers. This snippet comes from page 131 (Loc.1793 of the Kindle edition):
"You think this thing was created to detect ghosts ... and was abandoned because it  didn't work?"
"Perhaps," Logan murmured. "Or perhaps because it worked too well."
Lincoln Child is probably best known for the thrillers he writes with Douglas Preston -- I've read several of those, and enjoyed them. Enjoyed this one, too. So, one more series to catch up on.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Beginnings: Goodbye Stranger


Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books; August 4, 2015). These are the opening lines from the book's Prologue:
When she was eight years old, Bridget Barsamian woke up in a hospital, where a doctor told her she shouldn't be alive. It's possible that he was complimenting her heart's determination to keep pumping when half her blood was still uptown on 114th Street, but more likely he was scolding her for roller-skating into traffic the way she had.
Initial Thoughts:

OK, my first thought was: Why in the world would she be roller-skating into traffic? Shouldn't an 8-year-old know better? The other thought that comes to me is that I used to LOVE roller-skating. Am I too old for it now? Would I risk hip-replacement just to roll around the rink a few times? Hmmm.

But I digress.

I've heard a lot about this one, so I'm looking forward to getting to it in a few days (if things go the way I'm hoping they will). Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me won the Newbery Medal in 2010 -- I haven't read that one either, but it's definitely on my TBR list. Right there, with all the four or five thousand other to-be-read volumes.



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Beginnings: A Man of Some Repute


This week's beginning is from A Man of Some Repute, by Elizabeth Edmondson, just out (July 1st) from Thomas & Mercer publishers. It's the first book in the "Very English Mystery" series. These are the opening lines:

Headlines
England, January 1947
PEER VANISHES
Police are trying to trace the whereabouts of Lord Selchester, who walked out into a blizzard from his home, Selchester Castle, on Saturday and has not been seen since.
Foul play is not suspected.

Initial Thoughts:

Well, I certainly suspect foul play, don't you? I liked the sound of this one when I found it over at NetGalley, but I have to admit it was mainly the cover that pulled me in. It really reminds me of all those Golden Age mysteries I've always loved. And I suppose that's what it's supposed to do. ("Very English" and all that.) Had to put it aside to finish up two other books, so I haven't actually started reading yet. But I think it's up next.



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: In the Dark Places


This week my teaser lines come from In the Dark Places, Peter Robinson's 22nd Inspector Banks mystery novel, just out today from William Morrow publishers. (It was first published in the UK last year, with the title Abattoir Blues.) This snippet is from page 3, or location 110 of the Kindle version:
...he picked up that rank and coppery smell of blood. It was a smell he remembered well.
The thought came into his mind unbidden: someone has died here.
 
Well, we have possible mayhem almost from the very start of this one. I think it's definitely off to a promising start.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Newport


This week my teaser lines come from Jill Morrow's latest novel, Newport (William Morrow, July 2015). This snippet comes from page 82:
Her expression was as guileless as ever, those big blue eyes belying any concept of deviousness. She was adorable, easily the cutest thing he'd seen in quite a while. But so were kittens, and they made him break out in hives.
Haven't actually started this one yet. And I've got to admit, it caught my attention mainly because of the cover. Now I'm just hoping the cover won't be the best part.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Beginnings: High Country Nocturne


High Country Nocturne, by Jon Talton (Poisoned Pen Press, June 2015) -- the 8th book in the "David Mapstone" series of mystery novels. Opening line from Chapter One:
In the end, the truth was almost beside the point.

Description (from the publisher's website):
A cache of diamonds is stolen in Phoenix. The prime suspect is former Maricopa County Sheriff Mike Peralta, now a private investigator. Disappearing into Arizona’s mountainous High Country, Peralta leaves his business partner and longtime friend David Mapstone with a stark choice. He can cooperate with the FBI, or strike out on his own to find Peralta and what really happened.  
Mapstone knows he can count on his wife Lindsey, one of the top “good hackers” in law enforcement. But what if they’ve both been betrayed? Mapstone is tested further when the new sheriff wants him back as a deputy, putting to use his historian’s expertise to solve a very special cold case. The stakes turn deadly when David and Lindsey are stalked by a trained killer whose specialty is “suiciding” her targets.
In depressed, post-recession Phoenix, every certainty has become scrambled, from the short hustle of the powerful real-estate industry to the loyalties Mapstone once took for granted. Could Peralta really be a jewel thief or worse? The deeper Mapstone digs into the world of sun-baked hustlers, corrupt cops, moneyed retirees, and mobsters, the more things are not what they seem. Ultimately, Mapstone must risk everything to find the truth.

Initial Thoughts:

Actually, that's not just the first sentence of Chapter One, it's the entire content of Chapter One. And it doesn't tell me much. So, I'm not sure I really have any thoughts at this point. But after all the spooky stuff I've been reading lately, I'm ready for something a little more realistic and I've heard some good things about this one. But I haven't read any of the earlier books in the series, and I suppose that could be a problem. So.... we'll see.



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.