Tuesday, July 10, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, 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 Death of Mrs. Westaway.  The excerpt shared is from the hardcover version I received at Book Expo this year.  It was my good fortune to meet the author and have her sign my copy.


29th November, 1994

The magpies are back.  It's strange to think how much I used to hate them, when I first came to the house.  I remember coming up the drive in the taxi from the station, seeing them lined up along the garden wall like that, preening their feathers.

Today there was one perched on the frost-rimed branch of yew right outside my window, and I remembered what my mother used to say when I was little and whispered "Hello, Mr. Magpie" under my breath, to turn away the bad luck.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The book jacket and opening lines paint an ominous picture.  Having read two of the author's previous novels, I am eager to begin this one, which I am reading for a book group.

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  1. I really liked The Woman In Cabin 10 and am eager to read this one. I like the first paragraph. Enjoy.

  2. Lucky you for meeting this author. I loved this book which manages to combine a mystery with an old-fashioned feel into modern life!

  3. My book this week is also by Ruth Ware - The Woman in Cabin 10!

    I'd definitely read The Death of Mrs Westaway - and what a fantastic book jacket!

  4. I finished this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too.

  5. I really enjoyed this mystery. I hope you do as well.

  6. I keep meaning to read The Woman in Cabin 10 so I guess this one will go on my wish list too. See what I'm featuring at Girl Who Reads

  7. I have this book...and plan to read it soon. Birds on a garden wall, especially black ones, always frighten me a little. Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  8. How nice to meet the author. I've liked her other books and would keep reading.

  9. How fantastic to meet the author! Her first two books were some of my favorites and I've heard some really great things about this one. I'd definitely keep reading!