Thursday, November 1, 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 an upcoming read, An Accidental Murder by J. New.  The excerpts shared are from a paperback version I purchased.

An Accidental Murder (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #1) 

Beginning:  It was a particularly chilly and damp Saturday afternoon in September, and I was taking a momentary break from the unpacking of boxes to have a quick sandwich and a cup of tea.  I'd already laid and lit the log fire and now sat sleepy and content in an overstuffed armchair watching the flames dance and flicker in the grate.  And listening to the wind whistling down the chimney like an irate ghost.

Page 56:   "Have you seen enough Albert?"
"Yes, I rather think I have."  He said reaching for his Whiskey glass.

My thoughts:  The opening sets a quaint scene.  I'd like to plant myself in that overstuffed armchair in front of the fire with a good book or two.

From Goodreads:  Young widow, Isobella Bridges discovered and fell in love with The Yellow Cottage as a child. Many years later she returned to the Island, discovered it was for sale and bought it on a whim. Or so she thought.

She had no idea at the time how much it would change her life, nor that it was yet to reveal all its secrets. Ones that even Ella couldn't imagine. She purchased the cottage from an old lady, but this was no ordinary old lady. And she left her cat, but this was no ordinary cat.

Ella soon realises that this isn't the only gift the old lady left. Having only been in residence a few short weeks, and still unpacking boxes, she receives a telephone call from her brother, inviting her up to London for Sunday lunch. This call sets in motion a series of events that puts Ella’s life, and those of the people closest to her in danger. 

An Accidental Murder is a cosy amateur sleuth novella, with a difference. Set in 1930’s England, it is the first in the series of The Yellow Cottage mysteries. 


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  1. This one sounds like an interesting story. Also, I really love the look of the cover.

  2. Quaint is the word here, I think. Thanks for sharing, I'd love to read this one.

  3. This has a very Agatha Christie look and feel. Nice pick!

    Here is my Friday Post! I cannot believe how quick this week has gone! Happy Friday, Catherine!

  4. This one sounds fun, Catherine, and it certainly sets a cozy scene. Enjoy!

  5. Beautiful beginning!!! I love how it sets the mood!!! Happy weekend!

  6. Ooh, those opening lines made me feel so warm and cozy...but then I felt a prick of forewarning that made me sit up and wonder what was right around the corner. Tempting book. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine:

  7. I love that beginning. It sounds like a great series too. This week I am featuring a historical mystery - A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden. Happy reading!

  8. Sounds like a really good murder mystery for this rainy, windy day. My book is called 1968 Do you remember that year?

  9. All that's lacking in the opening scene is the mention of a book to curl up with. LOL This sounds good.

    My Friday 56 from Fairest