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.
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.