Friday, July 12, 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, Murder's No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher.  It's the first book in the new Nantucket Candle Maker mystery series. The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Beginning:  Chapter 1
Friday morning, I woke up before the first ferry's horn sounded its arrival to Nantucket Island, my home town.  I greeted the day by feeling around my bedsheets until I found my phone.  Its bright light kicked in to tell me it was five thirty a.m., and to display a message I'd anticipated for weeks: "Memorial Day Weekend!"

56% of eBook: "Why shouldn't Simon be nice to them?"
"Well, he should, but he wasn't nice to everyone..." 
My thoughts:  Murder's No Votive Confidence is a rollicking good read with an engaging cast of characters set on Nantucket.  The murder mystery and otherwise lively plot guarantee never a dull moment, and the beach town setting makes it perfect for summer reading.

You can read my review here and enter a giveaway.

From Goodreads: 
Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . .

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptial promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot, tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two.

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police Captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be cancelling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.


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Breana M. said...

I've read books from a couple of different cozy mystery series, but I haven't come across one about a candle maker before. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for mentioning it.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I ver much enjoyed this first in a season. I'd love for you and your readers to check out my BB and Friday 56

Laura said...

I shared this one for the tour and have it on my list to read too.

My Friday 56 from The Experiment

Lauren Stoolfire said...

That looks like a nice kitty!

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