Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Beginnings: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

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.

Initial Thoughts:

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.


  1. I like tea, maybe it is a VERY special tea bag or a very sterile environment that one odor can really dominate. Guess you'll have to read on to find out.

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  2. I am sure it could smell of something worse. LOL
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  3. I just heard about this book for the first time yesterday. I'll be eager to hear what you think about it. I am reading Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers this week. Happy reading!

  4. Sometimes a cover draws me in, too, in spite of everything else. I am curious about how strong that tea must be, too. It must be something with an orange scent, to be strong like that.

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  5. love the cover and yes -- I do choose books by their covers -- my bad!

  6. The cover grabbed me, too. I thought of steam punk or maybe the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. I also wondered how a single packet of tea could infuse the whole department with its scent! But this sounds like a good book anyhow.
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  7. It's definitely not a very strong beginning! Unless you're a really big fan of tea of course. I hope that the rest of the book is more to your taste. But I agree with everyone else that the cover is great! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!

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