Thursday, April 28, 2022

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 a recent blog tour read, Death on the Set by Rose Kerr. The excerpts shared are from an eBook copy I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Death on the Set, A Brenna Flynn Myster… 


Beginning:  "Come on, hurry up!" The light was taking forever. Brenna drummed her fingers against the steering wheel. Monday morning traffic should have been over by now. A glance at the clock on her Jeep's dashboard showed she had less than ten minutes to get across town. She couldn't be late for this interview. Finally, a lead on a job. The light changed, and Brenna hustled to her meeting. It had been a rough six months. Her husband's sudden death and then losing her position at the school. Coming home to Bayview City in Northern Michigan seemed like a good idea at the time but work as a high school guidance counselor didn't come easily. Most of the school boards had been impacted by the cuts to education funding.


56% of eBook:  Brenna grinned. "I know. I can't believe I'm here either."


My thoughts:  The opening paragraph gives a good bit of detail about Brenna Flynn, the protagonist in this first book of a new cozy mystery series. After two traumatic losses, she has returned to her hometown to rebuild her life and career. As the book opens, Brenna is on her way to interview for a temporary job as a production assistant at a local cooking reality show. Does she get the job . . . is she about to experience a change in her luck . . . and her life? The only way to find out what lies in store for Brenna is to read this engaging story.


From GoodReads:  Former high school guidance counselor turns amateur sleuth to save herself from murder charge on reality show.

Brenna Flynn returns home to Bayview City after the sudden death of her husband. Unable to find work in her field, she signs up with a temp agency to find employment. Sent on an interview for a cooking reality show, she aces it and gets the job of a production assistant.

On her second day at work, Brenna discovers a body in the studio. She soon learns she's the police's primary suspect. Determined to clear her name, she uses some skills she's honed as a guidance counselor to learn more about the victim. Drawing people out comes naturally to Brenna, and she becomes a confidante to cast and crew on the show.

The stakes are raised with threatening notes, poisonings, and blackmail. Can Brenna uncover who the killer is before someone else dies?





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  1. Sounds good! Happy reading and happy Friday!

  2. This can be a fun series!

    Happy reading and enjoy your weekend!

    Elza Reads

  3. This sounds like it could be a fun cozy series. The set-up is different than many I've read before. I like the whole former high school counselor turn cook show employee. And I like to watch Food Network sometimes.

  4. I like how the opening lines introduce the protagonist and pull us in. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “AN HONEST LIE”

  5. Sounds good to me. Happy weekend!

  6. Sounds like a good book! I like a cozy mystery.

    Have a great weekend

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  7. This sounds like a great start to a new series. I opening is a great set up--lots of information too.