Thursday, April 07, 2016

Book Beginnings: Enter Second Murderer

Enter Second Murderer, by Alanna Knight (1988). The first book in her series of Inspector Faro mystery novels, set in Victorian Edinburgh. These are the first sentences of the book:
Patrick Hymes was tried and convicted at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh for the murders of Sarah Gibson (or Hymes) and Lily Goldie. He made his exit from the world on 11 May 1870, a day that promised to be bright and cheerful for everyone but him.
Initial Thoughts:

Poor Patrick. But I do like that beginning. I've heard a lot about this series, and I need to read something for the Read Scotland Challenge -- so this might be my next book. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Will this one get me back on track?

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 to add new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I also love a Victorian murder. Sounds like a great read. Here's my Friday Book Shop

  2. Yes, that was not a good day for him. Does he come back to haunt us? My Friday Quotes

  3. This sounds like it could be an interesting one. You know, I was totally expecting a Western based on that cover alone for some reason... :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  4. Wow that sounds like it could be a good book. Here's mine.

  5. I like the wry humor in the opening and would definitely continue reading. Sounds like a good story.
    My Friday post features LONGSHOT.

  6. I like the sense of irony and the beginning and I love historical mysteries. I'm especially interested in this one because I'm not sure I've read much set in Edinburgh. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love the sound of this book and a new series for me to check out! I hope you get out of your slump soon! Here's my Friday meme

  8. I love a good Victorian Mystery, too. Hard to get s feel from this opener. I would need to read more. I am not familiar with the series.


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