Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton.  The excerpts shared are from a library copy.
Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #1) 

BeginningOffice of Sophie Kimball, Mankato Police Deparatment
"I'm telling you, Phee, they were all murdered.  Murdered by reading that book."

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Page 56:  "They all shook their heads.  What followed would have made Agatha Christie shudder."
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My thoughts:  This cozy series is the work of two authors, Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J.C. Eaton.  What attracted me to this particular book is the title and its cast of characters, which includes a book club.  Book 2 in the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series—Ditched 4 Murderwas released last month (November 2017), and book 3, Staged 4 Murder will be published on June 26, 2018.

Look for another series from this duo next year, with the publication in March 2018 of A Riesling to Die, the first book in the Wine Trail Mysteries.  
 
Cozy mysteries featuring books and wine—does it get any better than that?

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From Goodreads:  Sophie "Phee" Kimball is not a cop. She's a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate.

Is her mother just bored and lonely? She does have a new pet
—a long-haired chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund)—for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling). Phee is certain that their book club selection isn't cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies? As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she'll need to read between the lines before it's someone else's final chapter.... 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring my current read, Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, borrowed from the library.  

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion, #5) 

Prologue
Three Years Ago
 
On an unusually cold and wintery Monday evening, sixty-eight-year-old Virginia Wakeling was making her way slowly through the costume gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  As she wandered through the exhibitions, she had no premonition that the glamorous evening would end in tragedy.
 
Or that she had only four hours to live.
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I'm a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan, and this book follows her signature style of drawing readers in immediately.  The New York City setting is an added bonus for me.


This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Retweeting and sharing on Google+ are appreciated.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring a recent read, Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner.  The excerpts shared are from a library copy.
 
 Heather, the Totality 

Beginning:  
Mark and Karen Breakstone got married a little late in life.  Karen was nearly 40 and had given up on finding someone as good as her father and had begun to become bitter about the seven-year relationship she'd had after college with her former Art teacher.  In fact, when she was set up with Mark, she nearly turned the date down because Mark's only prominent quality was his potential to be rich.

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Page 56: "Mark and Heather's sleepy sipping and nibbling was routine and wordless but they were at peace together and this seemed to bring out an energetic pettiness in Karen."
 
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My thoughts: This short novel presents an interesting window into modern urban life and relationships, both intimate and random.  Weiner offers insight into how far some individuals will go to protect their interests and fulfill their desires.

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From Goodreads:  The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows-and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest-their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather.

Matthew Weiner-the creator of
Mad Men-has crafted an extraordinary first novel of incredible pull and menace. Heather, The Totality demonstrates perfectly his forensic eye for the human qualities that hold modern society together, and pull it apart.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring a recent read, Etched on Me by Jenn Crowell, which I read for one of my book clubs.  
 
Etched on Me


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Have you ever wanted something so much, it's not a desire so much as a beacon? Have you ever prayed for it so hard, your fingernails curl into your palms and your eyes squinch shut and your whole body just hums?


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This coming of age story was a difficult read for me because of the subject matter.  The novel touches on mental health issues, abuse, and victimization, although it also highlights the capacity for healing, hope, and the strength of the human spirit.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving

I'm taking some time away from blogging for grateful reflection and time with family and friends . . .


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. . . I'll be back to the blogosphere in early December.

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Until then, enjoy all the wonderful things this season has to offer . . .
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. . . and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate this holiday in November.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Rooster Bar by John Grisham.  The excerpt comes from the hardcover version, borrowed from the library.
 
 
 The Rooster Bar 

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The end of the year brought the usual holiday festivities, though around the Frazier house there was little to cheer.  Mrs. Frazier went through the motions of decorating a small tree and wrapping a few cheap gifts and baking cookies no one really wanted, and, as always, she kept The Nutcracker running nonstop on the stereo as she gamely hummed along in the kitchen as though the season was merry.
 
Things were anything but merry.  Mr. Frazier had moved out three years earlier, and he wasn't missed as much as he was despised.  In no time, he had moved in with his young secretary, who, as things developed, was already pregnant.  Mrs. Frazier, jilted, humiliated, broke, and depressed, was still struggling.
 
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I've read many a John Grisham novel over the years, and I've never been disappointed with his books.  He's one of those masterful storytellers who creates interesting characters and scenarios with perfect pacing.  I'm looking forward to starting this latest one.
 
 
This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Retweeting and sharing on Google+ are appreciated.