Monday, November 9, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Long Call By Ann Cleeves.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  Chapter One

The day they found the body on the shore, Matthew Venn was already haunted by thoughts of death and dying.  He stood outside the North Devon Crematorium on the outskirts of Barnstaple, a bed of purple crocus spread like a pool at this feet, and he watched from a distance as the hearse carried his father to the chapel of rest. When the small group of mourners went inside, he moved closer.  Nobody questioned his right to be there.  He looked like a respectable man, a wearer of suits and sober ties, prematurely grey-haired and staid.  Not a risk-taker or a rule-breaker.  Matthew thought he could have been the celebrant, arriving a little late for the service. Or a diffident mourner, sheepish and apologetic, with his soft skin and sad eyes. A stranger seeing him for the first time would expect sympathy and comfortable words. In reality, Matthew was angry, but he'd learned long ago how to hide his emotions.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?

The opening paragraph offers an intriguing introduction to Ann Cleeves's new detective, new setting, and new Two Rivers series, her first in twenty years.  Most Cleeves readers are well-acquainted with her Vera Stanhope character and Shetland setting, making it exciting to embark on a new adventure with this talented author.








This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.    



  1. I've always wanted to try this author but hate to start any new series books. I do like the sound of this one.

  2. I really enjoyed this one! I also like the show on Shetland. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE NEXT WIFE”

  3. I would keep reading. I never read this author but this sounds really good.