- 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 By Page One by Olivia Matthews, the first book in the new Peach Coast Library Mystery Series. The excerpts shared are from an eBook provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Beginning: "I was promised chocolate."
I directed the reminder toward my new best friend, Jolene Gomez, after entering the bookstore. I threw my gaze into every visible nook and cranny of To Be Read in search of chocolate-covered pecan clusters.
56% of eBook: That had been a close call. Would someone have deliberately tried to hurt me? I didn't want to believe it, but I needed the truth.
My thoughts: Marvella Harris trades the hectic pace of Brooklyn, New York for the laid back lifestyle of Peach Coast, Georgia. Along the way, she acquires a small circle of loyal friends and savvy co-workers, and discovers her librarian research skills are very effective for investigating the murder her new best friend has been accused of. Set in a quaint small Southern town, Murder By Page One introduces a spunky sleuth in a community that takes pride in its traditions, gossip, library, bookstore, and coffee shop.
From GoodReads: Marvey’s a librarian
from Brooklyn who makes book-themed jewelry as a hobby, looks after her
cranky cat, and supports events for readers and authors. She’s still
adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia—and that’s before she discovers a dead body in a bookstore.
When her new best friend becomes a suspect, Marvey develops a new hobby: solving a murder mystery. With her talents for research, her knowledge gleaned from crime novels, and a whole lot of determination, she pursues the truth. But even as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist?
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