Tuesday, June 4, 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 Blessed be the Wicked by D.A. Bartley.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version purchased by a librarian friend after we heard the author speak about this first book in her new series at the Malice Domestic conference in Maryland last month.



The dead man in the closet was dressed almost entirely in white: shirt, trousers, shoes and socks, even the sash draped over one shoulder and the stiff, puffy cap on his head.  The only exception was a dark-green apron embroidered with fig leaves around his waist.  He was sitting upright in a heavy chair; his feet and knees had been bound with a thick white satin ribbon.  An identical ribbon was wrapped tightly around the trunk of his body, fixing it in place.  Both tied into meticulous bows.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening is a very detailed and curious description that brings several questions to mind:  Who is the dead man?  Why is he dressed the way he is?  Who "gift-wrapped" his body, and why?  I'll be reading on to find out.

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