Friday, April 19, 2019

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 a recent blog tour read, A Dream of Death by Connie Berry.  It's the first book in the new Kate Hamilton Series. The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 A Dream of Death (Kate Hamilton Mysteries #1)
Beginning: Friday, October 28
I never wanted to return to Glenroth.  

56% of eBook (approximately):  I ran for the door at the end of the hall, finding it firmly locked.  I peered outside.  No dark figure booking it toward the woods.
My thoughts:  A Dream of Death, with its cast of eccentric islanders and remote atmospheric setting, is a captivating story infused with Scottish lore, a budding romance, and the elements of a classic British mystery novel.

You can read my review here and enter a giveaway.

From Goodreads: On a remote Scottish island, American antique dealer Kate Hamilton sleuths a killing that eerily replicates a murder still unsolved after 200 years.

Autumn has come and gone on Scotland's Isle of Rothsay, and the locals gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Among the invited guests is American antique dealer Kate Hamilton. Returning to the island where her husband died is brutal, but Kate is determined to repair her relationship with her sister-in-law, Elenor Spurgeon, the proprietor of Rothsay's deluxe country house hotel.

Kate has hardly unpacked when a body turns up, murdered in an eerie recreation of an infamous unsolved murder two hundred years before. And the only clue to the killer's identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket. When Bo Duff, the gentle handyman who had tried to save Kate’s husband's life, is taken into custody, she teams up with vacationing Detective Inspector Tom Mallory to clear Bo’s name. To accomplish that, they’ll have to unmask a killer who seems bizarrely fixated on the past…because two hundred years is an awfully long time to hold a grudge in
A Dream of Death, the tantalizing series debut by Connie Berry.   

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  1. You had me at "Scottish lore." Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. Ohhh, sounds like a delicious mystery! Love the setting, too.
    My Friday post features excerpts from Buffalo Gal.

  3. Intense and intriguing!!! Happy Easter weekend!

  4. Happy Easter Good Friday! I like the 'no dark figure...' line. Sounds creepy.

  5. I enjoyed this one and just got book 2 from NetGalley. Today I am spotlighting Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell. Happy reading!

  6. "Booking it to the woods." doesn't sound like language that matches the cover. What do you think? My review and quotes for VOICES