Tuesday, September 17, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #31

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. It's an opportunity to share the first paragraph(s) of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the opening paragraphs from Final Sentence, the first book in the new Cookbook Nook Mystery series, which I purchased last week and hope to begin reading soon.  The author is Daryl Wood Gerber, an Agatha Award winner who writes the Cheese Shop Mystery series under the pseudonym Avery Aames. 

 Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook Series #1)  
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) 
Publication date: July 2, 2013

 Chapter 1

"Aunt Vera, STOP twirling me," I yelled.

But she didn't.  She continued to spin me in a circle.  My eyes pinballed in my head.  My braids whipped my cheeks--right, left, right, left.  I didn't ordinarily wear braids, but cleaning up a shop that closed thirty years ago, over a year before my birth, was almost as dirty a business as having a garage sale.  I had dressed for the occasion: cutoffs and T-shirt, so I wasn't worried about my clothes.

"Stop," I repeated.

My aunt cackled with glee.  "Jenna Starrett Hart, I am so excited."

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  I am a pushover for new cozy mystery series, especially ones where books, bookstores, libraries, or librarians are part of the story.  The opening caught my attention...why is Aunt Vera so excited, especially if heavy-duty cleaning is involved?
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