Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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 an upcoming read, A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux.  The excerpt shared is from the hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.  


Lachlan, Florida
5 September, 1997

He was wearing the clothes he'd found in the back of the old truck.  Filthy, with pieces of grass clinging to them, they smelled bad and scratched his skin.  The baggy pants had fresh oil on them and stuck to him in places

Chapter One
Lachlan, Florida
Spring 2017

Sara was sitting in Jack's dry, sunless apartment on an old chair someone had given him.  She let her shoulders droop and her head sag in an attempt to show every minute of her sixty-plus years of life.  It wasn't  helping that she'd been in boxing class at 6:00 a.m.  When she moved her arm, she gave an involuntary gasp.  She was sore from all those uppercuts her trainer had made her do.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I've been meaning to get to this book for a while now, having renewed it several times at the library.  The opening excerpts aren't particularly catchy, but I'm intrigued by the author's first foray into the mystery genre.  As you probably know, she is quite popular in the romance category.

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  1. Yes, I've been meaning to try this one as well. A second has recently come out or will come out soon, right? I was thinking about her taking a boxing class at 60+ - yes, I'd be sore too. LOL

  2. I think the second book just came out--it's so hard to keep up!!!

  3. I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

  4. I like the intro, I hope my library has it.

    1. Chances are they do, and I hope you don't have to wait too long to get it.

  5. Boxing class? Hmm, why not. My post is here: https://francebooktours.com/2019/02/19/first-chapter-first-paragraph-are-we-french-yet/

  6. I've had this book sitting on the stacks for too long now.

  7. I love the cover, but it seems at odds with the dark undertones of the opening paragraph.