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:
England, January 1947
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.
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.