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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