Thursday, December 15, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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 Most Curious Murder by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version borrowed from the library.
A Most Curious Murder (Little Library Mystery #1)  

BeginningChapter 1
"Oh dear," said a little voice from behind Jenny Weston, who knelt in the wet grass, in drizzling rain, early morning light making long shadows of the destruction around her.
"'Like jars of strawberry jam.' That's from Alice in Wonderland, you know.  But everyone knows that," the voice, belonging to a little girl, said.
"Go away,"  Jenny mumbled.  She wished the kid would leave her alone to face the ruin of her mother's Little Library by herself.
Page 56:  "And Adam Cane dead.  People say maybe that little lady did it.  They didn't get along, you know."
My thoughts:  I'm always up for a new cozy mystery series, and I like the subject of this one--tiny little libraries.  It's a novel idea (no pun intended).
 From Goodreads:  Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed.

The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he's suddenly found dead in Zoe's fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit, investigating the richest family in Bear Falls, interrogating a few odd townspeople and delving into old, hidden transgressions--until another body turns up.

Inspired by
Alice in Wonderland, Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's quaint and compelling series debut A Most Curious Murder will delight cozy mystery readers new and old.
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