Thursday, September 17, 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,15 Minutes of Flame, the third 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.

Beginning:  Chapter 1
Saturday morning, I was lounging in my backyard and enjoying a little sun.  My chaise for such luxury was a fold-out chair, the kind with plastic straps across a metal frame where one or two bands always seem to be missing in crucial places.
56% of eBook:  ". . . I'm remembering a few things.  I can't figure out what's useful and what sounds crazy.  I though if I spoke to you, we might be able to figure it out."

My thoughts:  I remember having a lounge chair like that back in the day . . . it was a hideous shade of turquoise.  Although in this case the chair may leave a lot to be desired, the Nantucket setting sure makes up for any discomfort.


From Goodreads:  As Stella Wright's Nantucket candle store thrives, her knack for solving mysteries burns equally bright--especially when a Halloween haunted house uncovers evidence of a centuries-old murder . . .

When Stella's friend inherits a creaky, abandoned home in Nantucket, she knows it's the perfect setting for the town's annual Halloween fundraiser. A deserted, boarded-up building on the property--once used as a candle-making shop--adds to the creepy ambiance. But as Stella explores the shack's dilapidated walls, she discovers a terrible secret: the skeleton of a Quaker woman, wrapped in blood-soaked clothing and hidden deep within a stone hearth . . .

While police investigate, Stella wastes no time asking for help from friends with long ties to Nantucket's intricate history. The key to the murder may lie within a scorching 18th century love triangle that pit two best friends against one another over a dubious man. But before the case is solved, another life will be claimed--leaving Stella to wonder who in Nantucket is friend, and who is foe . . .
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  1. Sounds like a fun cozy!! Happy weekend!

  2. I read the first couple of books in this series and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading this one too.

  3. This sounds like a great story. I like the quotes too.

  4. Look at the kitty! I have heard mention of this series, but haven't read it. This one sounds like fun! Have a great week, Katherine!