Tall Tail, by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Bantam, May 2016). The 25th book in Brown's Mrs. Murphy Mystery series. These are the book's opening lines:
Flaming sword in hand, the Avenging Angel, bestride a monumental tomb, looked over the rolling land toward the Blue Ridge Mountains. His mouth set hard, his eyes piercing, he was not the promise of peace, repose, and eternal joy with the Almighty.My Thoughts:
Lying underneath this imposing marble tomb rested the bones of Francisco Selisse, born January 12, 1731. Died September 10, 1784. Historians still puzzle over exactly how he was murdered.
I think that's a pretty good beginning. I'm immediately curious about the place, the grave, and the murder. I'm also sort of wondering about that title and if the play on words relates to the story.
I've read quite a few of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries, and though some are definitely better than others, I generally enjoy them all. This one seems to take place in two separate time periods, and I sometimes have trouble maintaining interest when a story jumps back and forth in time. Hoping that doesn't happen with this one.
What do you think? Read a few more pages? Or move on to something else?
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. 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.