Thursday, December 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, Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns.  It's the fifth book in the Mystery Bookshop mystery series. The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #5) 

Beginning:  "Samantha Marie Washington!"
It was never good when my grandmother included my middle name.  Mid-thirties and I still cringed as much as I did as a kid.  I snapped the book I was perusing closed and looked up.  "What?"

56% of eBook:  I tactfully questioned whether Irma's tumble down the stairs could have been an accident.  After all, she did wear six-inch hooker heels on a daily basis, and it was possible she merely tripped.

My thoughts:  It's a universal uh-oh momenthearing one's full name said by a parent or grandparent.  The immediate attention grabber is a good way to start a story. 

From Goodreads: 
Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions.


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  1. I love that it really is true everywhere in the world that you're in big trouble if your middle name is called! This sounds like a very fun read and I love the sassiness of the F56. I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. Oh no, the dreaded three-name call! Also, we share a first name, so that's fun. xD I can totally relate to the dilemma, because I'm almost that age, and I've always known it meant trouble when my middle name got thrown about. This definitely sounds like a cute read!

    Here's my Friday post.

  3. My mother used to use my middle name when I was in trouble, too. Sounds like a fun book. My quotes from THE DUTCH HOUSE

  4. Bookmarked for Murder looks like a good story. Enjoy your current read!

  5. This looks so cute!! Happy Friday the 13th weekend!

  6. Yes, use of the full name does mean serious business. I usually just have to use my daughter's proper name instead of her nickname and it has the same effect. :-) I am eager to read Bookmarked for Murder. It sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you have a great week, Catherine.