Tuesday, July 17, 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 my most recent read and the book I am blog-touring today, The Body in the Ballroom by R.J. Koreto.  The excerpt shared is from an eBook version I received from Partners in Crime, the tour host.

The Body in the Ballroom: An Alice Roosevelt Mystery 

Chapter 1

St. Louis wasn't half bad.  I met some fine people there, but my job being what it was, I met a lot of bad ones, too. The Secret Service said they had found some funny business with money, and as St. Louis was a lively town, it was as good a place as any to plot something like that.  Mr. Wilkie, the Secret Service chief, said I could make myself useful in St. Louis, and I suppose I did.  Alice wrote me one letter from Washington, filled with backstairs gossip along with complaints about her stepmother and cousin Eleanor.  She told me not to write back because it was too hard to hide, and she didn't want to make it difficult to get me back home, but I was in her thoughts, and she hoped to see me again soon.  In the small hours, when I was really honest with myself, I admitted I sometimes missed her. 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This is the second book in the Alice Roosevelt Mystery Series, and I am completely hooked.  The book and series feature both historical and fictional characters and offer a glimpse into New York society and the city itself at a very significant time in American history.  

I hope you will visit my blog tour post for a review of The Body in the Ballroom and my review of Alice and the Assassin, the first book in the series, as well.

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  1. This series sounds good but, I'm trying to avoid new series books.

  2. You have convinced me, I need to start this series.

  3. This sounds like a fun series!

  4. I think I would like this series. I'll have to look for it. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

  5. I like historical mysteries - so this book appeals to me.

  6. I love the sound of this book...and this series. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  7. Sounds good to me! Here is my Teaser for Tuesday. Have a great day!

    Luv, Sassy x

  8. Like the first sentences and they really drew me in. I had heard that Alice and Eleanor were not close at all. Ha!

  9. I like the intro and would keep reading.

  10. This does sound good. I'd keep reading.