Thursday, September 13, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings on Fridays


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 An Act of Murder by Mary Angela.  The excerpts shared are from the trade paperback version I borrowed from the library.

An Act of Murder (Professor Prather Mystery #1)

Beginning:   Chapter One
It was fall at the university, and the campus teemed with lifebooksellers stocking tightly bound textbooks, professors copying last-minute syllabi, and freshmen hustling into the dorms with cheaply purchased furniture.

Page 56: What he would be doing, I didn't know.  I felt as if everything I did know about him was either inconsistent or incomplete.


My thoughts:  I'm always interested in a new (or new-to-me) cozy mystery series, and this one has the added personally desirable element of being set on a college campus.  And in this case, the opening sentence is timely and relevant, describing the scene unfolding at college campuses everywhere as the new academic year gets underway.
From Goodreads:   In the sleepy college town of Copper Bluff, South Dakota, English professor Emmeline Prather is enjoying the start of a new semester. But when one of her students dies working on the fall musical, it disrupts life on the small, quiet campus. Although the police rule the death accidental, Prof. Prather has good reason to suspect foul play.

Unmasking the murderer proves much more challenging than finding dangling participles, so Em recruits fellow English professor Lenny Jenkins for assistance. Together, they comb the campus and vicinity for clues, risking their reputations and possibly their jobs. After an intruder breaks into Em’s house, Lenny advises caution—and perhaps a change of address. Em, on the other hand, is all the more determined to forge ahead, convinced they’re on the brink of an important breakthrough.

Book 1 in a new cozy mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Professor Prather.


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BooksPlease said...

I like the look of this book - and a new series too.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I hope you enjoy it!

Kay said...

I like the sound of this one Catherine! And I don't think it's one I've known about. I agree that this is the time of year for 'school setting' mysteries.

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds good. I like a good cozy mystery too. This week I am featuring Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

fredamans said...

Nice snippets. The beginning made me miss out on uni, but the 56 has me intrigued... Happy weekend!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The college campus setting appeals to me, and I always love a new cozy series. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

This sounds really good! I'm a cozy mystery woman for sure! I'd love for you and your readers to check out my book for today . . .

Roberta Gibson said...

The beginning captures the bustle of the first days of school nicely. Looks like it ticks all the cozy mystery boxes.

Literary Feline said...

The opening brings back memories of my college days. I can see why the setting would appeal to you. It does me too! I will have to give this series a try. Thanks for sharing, Catherine. Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura said...

I'm always happy to find a new cozy series too. And enjoy campus settings. Sounds good to me:)

My Friday 56 from The Monster Museum

Girl Who Reads said...

I work on a college campus so I think this one would be especially fun to read. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads!

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