Friday, August 03, 2018

Book Beginnings: The Man Who Couldn't Miss

The Man Who Couldn't Miss, by David Handler (William Morrow, August 14, 2018). This is the 10th book in Handler's Stewart Hoag mystery series. This is the book's opening sentence:
His voice on the phone was booming and authoritative, especially for five thirty in the morning.
(The quote is from an ARC of the book, so please remember the published edition might have some changes.)

About the book:
The Man Who Couldn't Miss, the tenth novel in David Handler's beloved Edgar-winning series, finds celebrity ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag in Connecticut, where his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, is directing a stage production to benefit a local theater. But when one among the starry cast is found murdered, it's up to Hoagy — accompanied by his faithful and cowardly basset hound Lulu — to unmask the killer.
Initial Thoughts:

My first thought is that if anyone called me at 5:30 A.M., I'd assume somebody had died. But I guess that's a fitting assumption for the beginning of a mystery novel.

I've read one other book in this series — last year's The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes — and really enjoyed it. "Hoagy" Hoag is witty and smart and sort of snarky and just a very charming amateur sleuth. And his faithful sidekick Lulu is fun too — well, mostly faithful anyway. Looking forward to this one.

Happy Friday, everyone! And have a lovely weekend.

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.


  1. I'd definitely assume it was bad news if I got a call at 5:30 in the morning. But, since I worked early hours, it was usually work. That's a good thing, but I always expected the worst anyway.

    My Friday post is here.

  2. Yeah. That was my thought. Nothing good comes from a phone callat 5:30 am. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

  3. Oh, yes, my heart pounds with fear when I get an early morning call. A booming voice would be even more frightening. Thanks for sharing.


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