Thursday, July 12, 2018

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 The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace.  The excerpts shared are from a large print hardcover version I borrowed from the library.

 The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A Cosy Mystery Set in Wales 

Beginning:  ONE
Henry Devereaux Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, was terribly worried about his mother.  He wondered if the Dowager Duchess had finally lost her grip on reality and gone completely batty.  Given the way his father had acted for the last decade of his life, he supposed she'd done rather well to make it to almost eighty with her faculties pretty much intact.  But now?

Page 56:  "'Well that's the thing,' said Carol mysteriously. 'I think that there's more to it than you might think.'"

My thoughts:  The opening paragraph has a Downton Abbey feel, and of course I want to read more about wealthy eccentric characters.  Also attractive to me is starting a new series and the composition of the team of female investigators.

From Goodreads:   Meet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The first in a new series.
Henry Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is convinced his mother is losing her marbles. She claims to have seen a corpse on the dining-room floor, but all she has to prove it is a bloodied bobble hat.

Worried enough to retain the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency - one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English - Henry wants the strange matter explained away. But the truth of what happened at the Chellingworth Estate, set in the rolling Welsh countryside near the quaint village of Anwen by Wye, is more complex, dangerous, and deadly, than anyone could have foreseen . . .

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Lisbeth @ The Content Reader said...

Interesting quotes. I love historical fiction so this could be something for me.

Tea said...

Yes, I love rich and batty characters too. It's fun. What in the world did the father do? Maybe he was a womanizer. :)

Kay said...

This book is on my TBR too! I've met Cathy Ace at a couple of mystery conventions. She's funny and great to listen to. Very involved in a Canadian author's group. Doesn't this women's sleuthing group sound fun?

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the sound of this one. I hope that the investigators find out she is not dotty, but just eccentric. Or that she is really seeing what she thinks she saw. LOL.

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Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I realized as I read the title that I have no idea what "Dowager" mens. Guess i will look it up. Enjoy. My Frida Quotes - The Prince and the Dressmaker

Girl Who Reads said...

I will have to put this one on my list. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

fredamans said...

She sounds like a tough old bird. :-) Happy weekend!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

That does remind me of Downton Abbey. :)

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Carole's Random Life in Books said...

This one is completely new to me but I do like the sound of it. It is always nice to read about female investigators. Enjoy!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Love your 56. LOL Isn't there always more to it than we think? ;-)

Katherine P said...

I've read one book in this series and really enjoyed it. No idea why I haven't continued with it but this sounds great!

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