Friday, June 2, 2017

First Line Fridays


For this week, I would like to take a look at one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie.  Outside of the Bible, her books have sold more copies than any other book published.  What a legacy!  Her wonderful wit and writing style express her mysterious stories in a way that captures her reader like no other author could.  Her two most famous detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, always catch the murderer off guard as they discover who is to blame regarding the unfortunate victim.  I confess, Christie is so smart, that I have never been able to figure out who the culprit is.  If you enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend picking up any of her books.  One of my favorites is Murder on the Orient Express.

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Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
 
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​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

The Body in the Library 
by Agatha Christie



And the first line is...

"Mrs. Bantry was dreaming.  Her sweet peas had just taken a First at the flower show.  The vicar, dressed in cassock and surplice, was giving out the prizes in church.  His wife wandered past, dressed in a bathing suit, but as in the blessed habit of dreams this fact did not arouse the disapproval of the parish in the way it would assuredly have done in real life..."

Happy reading and happy Friday!  






20 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from Finding Love on the Oregon Coast by Angela Ruth Strong, a collection of 4 novella by different authors which will be released July 1st: "Christina gazed out the window at the balcony decorated for her wedding ceremony above the sparkling Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, before turning to face the full-length mirror."

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    1. Pretty first line, and as most know, I love novella collections. :)

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  2. Amusing first line!! Would you say that Agathe Christie books are clean? As in no suggestive sexual scenes, even mild language, etc.? I mean, I know... murders... but morally speaking?

    On my blog I am super happy to share the first line of one of my favorite Christian historical trilogies. But here I'll share the quote of a massive book I'm working my way through (about halfway done now): “Nearly ten years have passed since the close of the civil war in America, and yet no satisfactory history thereof is accessible to the public; nor should any be attempted until the Government has published, and placed within the reach of students, the abundant materials that are buried in the War Department at Washington.” (Memoirs of William T. Sherman)

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    1. Agatha Christie is great at showing the frailty of mankind...thereby displaying all his errors. Therefore, she writes about the choices men and women make--both good and bad. And she shows that there are always consequences for those actions, such as being murdered. So if a person is unfaithful in their marriage or lies about their whereabouts, they will most definitely get caught. Have you ever seen the show Murder She Wrote? I always loved that show growing up--Christie is similar in story, but she adds another layer of intellect, because she wants her reader to analyze every bit of the story and to think hard in order to solve every part of the puzzle. Check out some of Christie's short stories and let me know what you think. There are two books on Amazon that contain Poirot's short stories and Miss Marple's short stories: Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories: A Hercule Poirot Collection with Foreword by Charles Todd and Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories: A Miss Marple Collection.

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    2. I have watched a few episodes of "Murder She Wrote." They aren't quite as clean as I like (some language and suggestive scenes), but the actual method of story I don't mind at all. This was helpful, thank you.

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  3. Happy Friday!

    My first line is:
    “A private plane sits on a runway in Martha’s Vineyard, forward stairs deployed.” ~ Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.
    I can’t wait to start this book. I’ve heard it’s good.
    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

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  4. Today on my blog I'm sharing a line from Lori Benton's book "A Flight of Arrows".

    I thought I'd share something different in the comment, an old favorite of mine.
    "From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a foot-path winds through green and shady meadows to the foot of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below." HEIDI by: Johanna Spyri

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    1. I don't think I have read anything by Lori Benton before, but I will definitely look up her books. :)

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  5. On the blog today I am sharing the first line from Melody Carlson’s ‘Under a Summer Sky’ so I thought I would share the first line from the book I am currently reading:

    “The man relaxed in the wooden Adirondack chair in the screened-in porch of his cabin rental and stared out across the glistening waters of Lake Williwaw.” Stormy Lake by L.D. Stauth

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    1. Goodness, I feel like I am sitting in the chair next to him...beautiful imagery.

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  6. I love Agatha Christie! She is one of the best. My favorite is Ten Little Indians which was re-titled And Then There Was None.
    Happy first weekend of June!

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    1. And the very first original title was awful!

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    2. I completely agree Andie! :) And Sarah, the title And Then There Were None is much better...it is interesting to note how many authors change their original titles. For example, Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice was originally called First Impressions.

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  7. I have always intended to read more of her novels, but in high school once I read 'And Then There Were None', I was worried nothing could ever top it, so I never read any others. Perhaps I have to re-think this. Happy Friday!

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    1. Yes, I think you need to re-think this. :) If you don't have a lot of time, check out some of Christie's short stories, and of course, eventually start adding some of her novels to your reading list. Many of her novels showcase historical information...Poirot visits Egypt to explore their archeology and Miss Marple travels to so many places to visit friends as well. There is always a unique twist to each story. :)

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  8. Sadly, I've never read an Agatha Christie novel. I must! I've got a cozy on the blog today.

    Cafinated Reads First Line Friday

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    1. I hope you remedy that soon! :) Like I told Amanda and Sarah, if you don't have a lot of time, check out some of Christie's short stories. The cozy mystery on your blog today sounds so interesting...I already ordered a copy. :)

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  9. Who doesn't like Agatha Christie?? Awesome pick for this week's FLF :) Happy Saturday!

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