Friday, August 18, 2017

First Line Fridays

As most know, I love mysteries!  And a couple of years ago I discovered a new author, and I reviewed one of her books on my blog called Murder in the Mystery Suite.  It was excellent!  Unfortunately, I have not been able to read the two books that come after this first one in the series; however, they are downloaded onto my Kindle, and I am determined to read them before the year is over. 

This first story's setting was wonderfully and intricately detailed, and I know the books that follow still take place in Storyton Hall--where books are treasured and studied.  If you love classic literature and mysteries, I highly recommend checking out these books! 

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
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
Anna from Romances of the Cross 
Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

Murder in the Paperback Parlor 
by Ellery Adams 

And the first line is...

"'You expect me to break that with my bare hand?' Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall and mother of six-year-old twin boys, pointed at a piece of wood in disbelief.  'I certainly do,' replied Sinclair, Storyton's head librarian.  He was looking at Jane with the fixed stare he reserved for guests who made too much noise in one of the resort's reading rooms or had mishandled a book."  

Happy Friday and happy reading!


  1. Lol! I wish her well with that!

    I've got the first line from "Chasing Secrets" by Lynette Eason on the blog today, but I've just finished reading "A Rose So Fair" by Myra Johnson, so I'm going to share the first line from that here:

    "Now just you hold it right there, mister." Rose Linwood sighted her unwelcome visitor down the length of Grandpa's trusty Winchester.

    She's a spunky one!

    1. I don't know if it is supposed to be or not, but that is a hilarious first line! I can see that scene up on the movie screen. Happy Friday!

  2. Ooh this looks so good. Adding this to my bottomless TBR.

    I'm featuring "Healing Love" by Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I'm currently reading "A Name Unknown" by Roseanna M. White.

    May 1914

    Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief, but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight.

    1. Yes, I have one of those bottomless TBR piles Amazon wish list grows daily. :) When you finish reading A Name Unknown, check out my review on my blog. :)

  3. Another book I need to read!
    Happy Friday! My first line is from An Alaskan Christmas by Belle Calhoune: “Finn O’Rourke paced back and forth in terminal 27A of the Anchorage airport.”

  4. Happy Friday!
    Since I'll be finishing Pepper Basham's The Thorn Healer before lunch, I'm sharing the first line from my current Chapter 22: "I hate leaving you like this." Catherine stilled her movements from packing her trunk, her coral walking suit an elegant fit on her delicate frame. "Not when David and Alexander could help tend the sickness."

    1. I just started reading my first Pepper Basham book...The Thornbearer. :) Happy Friday!

  5. Heather Munro gazed down Victoria Street so long, she became another gray-suited statue along the Royal Mile.
    From The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin!

    1. Love that first line! I will be reviewing this book in excited! Happy Friday!

  6. Sounds interesting, makes me want to know what will happen next!

    1. And that is the definition of a great first line! :) Happy Friday!

  7. That's a perfect first line. Now I have to get that book. =)

  8. Great first line!
    My first line is:
    “23 July 1955
    There was going to be a funeral.” ~ Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
    Happy Reading!
    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

  9. I do love a good mystery (and big surprise to me, those cozy mysteries are not so bad after all!) I will have to add this to my TBR, it looks like something I would really enjoy. Happy Reading!

    1. I'm so glad you discovered a new book! Happy reading!

  10. Great first line!!!

    My first line comes from Hold the Light by April McGowan.

    "Unremarkable. Amber glanced out the steaming windowpane at the cityscape below her."