Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #33


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 May Day by Jess Lourey, a book I recently borrowed from my local library.   It's the first book in the Murder-By-Month series. 

May Day (Murder-by-Month Series #1)  
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication Date: March 1, 2006


"Tuesday marked my tenth official day alone at the library, but the heady draw of being my own boss had worn off.  I didn't even like the smell of the lilac bushes outside the open windows anymore. The old black circle-dial phone was taunting me.  I wrestled the urge to call the number to the Battle Lake Motel, where Jeff was staying.  He knew we were supposed to meet last night, and he hadn't come.  I needed to find a good space with my emotions where I could be cool, not shrill, inviting but not needy, before I called him.

I tried not to dwell on the fact that the only decent man in town had stood me up.  Actually, he may have been the only literate, single man in a seventy-mile radius who was attracted to me and attractive.  The warm buzz that was still between my legs tried to convince the dull murmur in my head that it was just a misunderstanding.  To distract myself from thoughts of Jeff's laugh, mouth, and hands, I downed a couple aspirin for my potato chip hangover and began the one job I truly enjoyed at the library: putting away books."

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  I love series mysteries, and this one really appeals to me because the protagonist is an assistant librarian.  The opening paragraphs promise equal doses of humor and mystery, which I also find appealing.

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