Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Unbelievers

This week my teaser lines come from The Unbelievers by Alastair Sim. Set in Scotland during Queen Victoria's reign, the book follows Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivray of the Edinburgh police force as they attempt to solve the murder of the powerful (and rather improbably named) Duke of Dornoch. This snippet is from page 47 and has Allerdyce thinking about his young second wife and their family:
Every day of his seven year marriage to Margaret he'd felt an impermanence, as if she might be torn away from him at any moment. Sometimes he'd almost persuaded himself that this was an irrationality, that she was young and healthy and he had no reason to fear. But now, watching how painfully slowly she was regaining her strength after the baby's birth, he knew it was permanence that was the illusion.
I've only just started this one, so I'm just getting acquainted with the Inspector, but the book certainly seems like the beginning of a series, so far.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


  1. This sounds really good. Hope his feeling of unease isn't a sign of things to come.

  2. That's a powerful Teaser. Certainly makes me want to read the book: "Impermanence,Permanence." I think you've gotten hold of a good book. Never heard of this title or author.


  3. Luv your Book marker header.

  4. Haven't heard of Sims' historical mysteries. This looks like a good one.
    Book Dilettante

  5. Very powerful teaser!


  6. I'd imagine that this is a very common thought for fathers or partners when they are watching their beloved go through birthing. I had a perfectly lovely little natural birth and my husband, I swear, was in much greater pain than I was!

  7. That's a great teaser! Wondering how right he is....

    I'm running late today. Here's my TT: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/06/teaser-tuesdays_21.html

  8. Interesting and I love the cover. Wasn't there an acotr named Alistair Sim? Played Scrooge maybe?


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