Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #72 and Teaser Tuesdays

It's Tuesday . . . time to share book excerpts with: 
  • 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.
  • Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, where bloggers post two (2) random “teaser” sentences--no spoilers allowed--to try to entice others to seek out these books.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraph and a teaser from Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran, the first book in the Read "Em and Eat cozy mystery series.  I'm always on the lookout for a new cozy series, and after seeing this one on several other blogs, I purchased a copy last week.  I've been drooling over the cover . . .

Well Read, Then Dead 

Chapter One

"Oh, pu-leeze, Rowena, Anya Seton never measured up to Daphne du Maurier's elegance.  I'm shocked you would say such a thing."  Jocelyn Kendall, pastor's wife and book club gadfly, crossed and recrossed her legs in perfect tempo with the ever-increasing meter of her rant.  Our discussion of Green Darkness was deteriorating rapidly.
Teaser:  "Don't you worry your pretty little head, Miss Ophelia.  He's here.  Lots of deputies here.  You can't be too sure who'll show up at a murder victim's funeral." ~ p. 135

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 
The setting is a bookstore cafe in the barrier islands of Florida's Gulf Coast.  I can picture myself there, and the phrase, "book club gadfly" made me laugh out loud.

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #72 and Teaser Tuesdays was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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