Thursday, February 27, 2020

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 Makes Scents, the second book in the Nantucket Candle Maker cozy mystery series by Christin Brecher.  The excerpts shared are from the eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery #2) 

Beginning:  I was in heaven.

I was in Paris.

I was at Cire Trudon, one of the city's finest candle stores.

56% of eBook:  I was into something now.  It was deep.  I realized I had likely been present at my second murder in less than two days.

My thoughts:  Murder Makes Scents has a lively plot populated by spies, quirky locals, and an adventurous feline.  There's never a dull moment in this beach community no matter the season.

From Goodreads:  Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .

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  1. This sounds so interesting and I just love that cover.
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  2. I have to say, I just absolutely LOVE these punny titles that cozy mysteries use. xD I'm a sucker for puns. That 56% snippet is really ominous! Sounds like a fun read.

    Here's my Friday post.

  3. One my mountain high TBR. Cozies, as you know by now, are my jam. ;-) LOL I'd love for everyone to check out blog today . . .

  4. Funny quote about being into something new, murder. I love the cover of this one. Have a lovely weekend. My Friday quotes from Red at the Bone

  5. The setting, the mystery, and the "scents" draw me in. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Whoa!! That is a good mystery going on in that 56!! :-) Happy weekend!

  7. I like that cover and those excerpts are good. I would read more. :)

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