Thursday, September 16, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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 Gone for Good by Joanna Schaffhausen, a book I had on hold at the library. It's the first book in the new Detective Annalisa Vega mystery series.

Gone for Good (Detective Annalisa Vega, #1)

Beginning: Detective Annalisa Vega had sworn off dating when the third guy in a row ended the evening by asking to see her handcuffs.


Page 56:  The man, whose name was Terry Guzman, led her around the block to the houses that sat behind the Harper place. His yard had a high fence, suitable for containing rambunctious boys, and a pair of old trees at the back overlooking a two-car garage.


My thoughts:  I'm always on the lookout for new mystery series, and this one called to me.


From GoodReads: Gone For Good is the first in a new mystery series from award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen, featuring Detective Annalisa Vega, in which a cold case heats up.

The Lovelorn Killer murdered seven women, ritually binding them and leaving them for dead before penning them gruesome love letters in the local papers. Then he disappeared, and after twenty years with no trace of him, many believe that he's gone for good.

Not Grace Harper. A grocery store manager by day, at night Grace uses her snooping skills as part of an amateur sleuth group. She believes the Lovelorn Killer is still living in the same neighborhoods that he hunted in, and if she can figure out how he selected his victims, she will have the key to his identity.

Detective Annalisa Vega lost someone she loved to the killer. Now she's at a murder scene with the worst kind of déjà vu: Grace Harper lies bound and dead on the floor, surrounded by clues to the biggest murder case that Chicago homicide never solved. Annalisa has the chance to make it right and to heal her family, but first, she has to figure out what Grace knew―how to see a killer who may be standing right in front of you. This means tracing his steps back to her childhood, peering into dark corners she hadn't acknowledged before, and learning that despite everything the killer took, she has still so much more to lose.


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  1. I have a feeling this mystery would be a bit too gruesome and depressing for me. But I'm definitely curious to know what is going on.

  2. Ooh this one sounds good but I do see Mark's point that it might get a little grim! Thankfully I'm all about that during Halloween season, so I'll need to add this one to my list! Have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I've seen this book around and I think it's going to be good read! That cover is just creepy, but it sure as hell draws you in!

    Have a good weekend.

    Elza Reads

  4. I like that cover and description. Thanks for introducing me.

  5. Great excerpts! I really enjoyed this book. Here's mine: “56 DAYS”

  6. This sounds good, I always love a good mystery/thriller

  7. That beginning made me giggle. I can see how it would turn her off. :-) Happy weekend!

  8. Seems like a lot of mysteries I've been reading lately feature true crime enthusiasts who get themselves into trouble. That said, I really like the quotes. On the TBR it goes!

  9. The first line made me laugh. It sounds like a really good book. I hope you enjoy it!

  10. I just discovered I had a book by this author collecting dust on my NetGalley shelf and now it seems like I'm seeing her everywhere. This book sounds so good and I definitely need to read the one I have. Thanks for sharing!