Monday, October 10, 2022

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . 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 my current read, A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton. It's the first book in the Victorian Book Club Mystery series. The excerpt shared is from an eBook version borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Bath, England

April 1890

Lady Amy Lovell, only daughter of the Marquess of Winchester, hurried up the steps of St. Swithin's, the old and stately church on the Paragon in the Walcot area of Bath, barely on time for the Sunday service. As usual, she arrived ten minutes past her aunt Margaret, who had never in all her life been late for a church service. Or anything else.

Her aunt shifted over in the family pew as Amy slid in alongside her She offered her a hymnal, a Bible, and a slight roll of her warm brown eyes.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The opening paragraphs convey the family status of privilege, and hint at the protagonist's character traits. Make no mistake, Lady Amy Lovell is no wallflower. She is a spirited young woman fighting against the constraints of a woman's place in society and a murder mystery novelist who writes under a pen name to appease her father's sensibilities. When her ex-fiance is found stabbed to death in the library of her family's estate, Lady Amy is the main suspect and is thrust into an all too real murder investigation unlike the ones she creates in her novels.


This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.


  1. Love the cover and from what you posted it seems like it has the potential for a fun read as well. Here is my pick:

  2. Sounds like a good cozy. I'll have to add it to my list.