|Signet paperback edition, 2001|
'Are you sure you don't mind?' Rosemary asked.My Thoughts:
'No, of course not,' I said.
'Only I've got this wretched cold and even if I felt well enough to go myself I wouldn't want to give it to her.'
'No, really, it's fine.'
'And Jilly and Roger are away and Jack has this meeting of the CPRE...'
'Rosemary,' I said, 'it's all right. I don't mind in the least. I was going myself anyway.'
I know some of you are thinking "BOR-ING!" But when I read that, I just think: Another Mrs. Malory mystery. I love it.
I've read almost the whole series now (21 books, this is number 11), but somehow managed to overlook this one even though it comes right in the middle. And this opening bit is so typically Sheila Malory, with many of the things I've come to love about the books -- the first-person narration, the chatty relationship between Sheila and her oldest friend Rosemary, and the way Sheila is always volunteering to take on good deeds at the drop of a hat. Those good deeds usually lead to a murder, of course...but then, there wouldn't be a book if they didn't.
I've loved all the Sheila Malory books, and as their author Hazel Holt died this past November, I decided to choose one of the series as my first read of the year. Also hoping to finish up the series this year -- I only have a few more to read. So I'm really looking forward to this one.
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.