Book Beginnings & Friday 56 4/3

Posted April 3, 2015 by Elizabeth in Features, reading/ 17 Comments

On Fridays I participate in two memes that give a little taste of what a book will be when it is read. I like to use a book I haven’t started, often an ARC I’ve accepted for review. I find it gets me excited to read the book.

Last week I used Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley for the Friday memes. The two bits I shared seemed like the book might have ghosts or maybe a stalker following people in the woods. Now that I have read the book, I can tell you that there is a mystery, but no ghosts. Perhaps a bit of a stalker, but I’m not going to give anything away. I would classify Creature Comforts as a humorous romantic mystery. My full review was posted a few days ago.

This week I am using The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari, which is the eighth book in a series about 2 detectives. I got it from Mulholland Books via NetGalley.  Very creepy cover to start off with, don’t you think?
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. This is the first paragraph. “He knew the moment she walked in. It wasn’t the way she was dressed—he had been fooled by this more often than he had been right, and he had been right many times—it was, instead, the way her heels fell on the old hardwood floor, the weight of her stride, the way he knew she’d put a thousand sad stories to bed.” [Sounds like someone has found their one true love to me.]

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. This quote is from 56% of the book. “For a long moment, the woman said nothing. Jessica reached down, felt for a pulse. She found one. ‘Miss Emmaline.’ No response. Standing this close to the woman, Jessica noticed that the scent of lavender perfume had an undernote, something she had not noticed before. She glanced at the teacup on the table. She picked it up, sniffed it. There, beneath the aroma of tea leaves, was something else, something earthen and organic, something that smelled like… Mushrooms. The blond girl had brought her the tea.” [OOH! Sounds like Jessica thinks Miss Emmaline was poisoned by a blond girl!]

Now I’m really excited to read The Doll Maker. I hope I can tell you more about it next week.
For more great teasers visit Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader and Friday 56 at Freda’s Voice.


17 responses to “Book Beginnings & Friday 56 4/3

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    I had no need to look past the author’s name, book title and cover image for this one, to have me clicking on the ‘Want To Read’ button over at Goodreads!

    I enjoyed your teaser lines, however I’m not so sure that the part about being able to tell that, “She’d put a thousand sad stories to bed”, might not be a bit of an exaggeration … but that certainly wouldn’t put me off reading.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. I’ve added Creature Comforts to my TBR based off your last week’s post. It sounds great! The Doll Maker doesn’t grab me quite as much but it still sounds interesting. Hop you’re enjoying the read!

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