Thursday, November 7, 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 Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry.  It's the second book in the Kate Hamilton mystery series. The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Beginning:  Saturday, December 5th
Long Barston, Suffolk, England
I woke to the point of a sword in my thigh.

56% of eBook:  I did not want to run up the tower, but he was already halfway toward the door.  And I was curious. Curious enough to face my fears.

My thoughts:  A Legacy of Murder has all the elements that make for a good classic mystery--a lively cast of characters, multiple robberies and murders, and numerous plausible suspects.  The quaint English village setting adds to its reading enjoyment.

From Goodreads:
American antique dealer Kate Hamilton's Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby...and a chain of murders.

It's Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent's tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade.

Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman's work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman's death connected?

Kate learns that Lady Barbara's son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara's son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It's up to Kate to clear her daughter's name in Connie Berry's second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries.


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  1. That is a very interesting way to start a story.

  2. That beginning sure does grab me! Also, bit of a rude way to start a day, if I do say so. Sounds like an interesting mystery!

  3. This sounds like a really interesting book. I keep wanting to read outside my normal genre (Fantasy) but not much has really grabbed me. I'll have to see if my library has this (If not, I'll request it)
    My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore

  4. What a great opening line! I was attracted to this one because of the cover, but the story sounds intriguing, too. Hope you enjoy it.

    My BB is also from a mystery novel: Sorry for the Dead, by Nicola Upson

  5. Awaking with a sword pointed in your thigh? I think that is one of the better first lines I've read. I'm intrigued. Glad you are enjoying the setting.

  6. Gripping beginning!! Happy weekend!