Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, by Rita Mae Brown -- one of her "Sister Jane" foxhunting mystery series. Opening paragraphs:
Two women, both named Jane, heads down, horses' heads down, rode into driving sleet. Even their horses had sleety, icy bits stuck to their long eyelashes.
O.J., Jane Winegardner's nickname, standing for the Other Jane, shouted to the tall older woman riding next to her. "It's an ill wind that blows no good."
"So much for the weather report," said Jane Arnold, generally known as "Sister."Initial Thoughts:
I'm a big fan of Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mystery series, but this is the first of the Sister Jane books I've read. I was surprised to find that it's Number 9 -- didn't realize she'd been writing them that long. Once again, I'm jumping into an established series (thanks to Library Thing's Early Reviewer program) without knowing much of anything about the early books -- probably not the best idea.
Can't really tell much from that beginning. But I used to live in Virginia near the setting for these books, and foxhunting was a very big deal around there, so it seems very familiar (even though I've never personally hunted or even been on a horse). Just getting started with the book, but it looks promising.
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.