Thursday, June 13, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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, Murder at Archy Manor by Sara Rosett.  The excerpts shared are from a trade paperback I borrowed from the library.
 Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective #1) 

Beginning:  Chapter One
London, Summer 1923
I didn't intend to become a lady detective, but when one's relative is swept into a police investigation and the outcome looks rather grim well, one can't stand aside.  One must do something.

Page 56:  Lady Pamela, who had twisted her handkerchief around her fingers, unwound it.  "What Hugh means is he doesn't participate in shallow things.  He's far too serious for anything fun."
My thoughts:  This book has several appeal factors for me:  it's the first in a new seriesthe High Society Lady Detective seriesand it is set in a time and place that I absolutely adore.  The cover is quite striking also!
From Goodreads:  A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?   

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancĂ©, Alfred. 

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last. 

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor


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  1. This book sounds really good. I need to read something like this. My quotes from The Overstory

  2. THAT is a cover, it's beautiful!
    A 1920s detective story? Sign me up. The first line is so intriguing.
    Cora |

  3. Oh, yes, that cover and the era are pulling me right in. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I like the sounds of this one, and I like the idea of a lady detective in story. :-) Happy weekend!

  5. Hi Catherine- I love the cover! Not an era that I usually read but it does sound like fun. I've read another book by this author, I'm pretty sure, but not in this series. Enjoy it and enjoy your week.