Every Tuesday Vicki at I’d Rather Be At the Beach hosts First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros, where we share the first paragraph or two of a book we are reading or thinking about reading soon.
Mine comes from Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan.
Lydia Dare was dining with a murderer.
If she was afraid there was no trace of her fear in the hazel eyes that were regarding her companion across the snowy table with its scintillating burden of silver and glassware, polished and displayed, as she knew, in her honor; nor was there any tremor of the surface of the liquid to betray a nervous unsteadiness of the slender fingers in which she held the glass she was raising to her lips.
I have to admit this opening grabbed my attention. How about you?
This is definitely a book that captured my attention. I love that book cover, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.
I like the new covers.
Both the opening and cover piqued my interest. I’m going to look for this author’s list of published books.
The book was originally published in 1947. This is a re-release.
I love this style of classic murder/ mysteries and to my shame I have never heard of this author, even though he came from Bristol, not a million miles away from where I live.
The language and ‘wordy’ qualities of this era of writing, are evident from the opening lines and I really like what the publishers have done with the updated cover art for the series.
I hope that you enjoy the book when you get to read it and thanks for sharing 🙂
I’m a sucker for vintage mysteries. This is the second by him I’ve read.
Excellent job by the author. I felt I was right there at that table. You got me. Now I have to read more.
Yeah, I think it was a good opening.
I recently read Murder On The Orient Express and the cover and intro reminds me of it.
The feel like they’re from the same era. Murder on the Orient Express was first pulished in the 1930s and this is from the 1940s.
Definitely up my street. Thanks.
I’m hoping I enjoy it.
This sounds like the perfect read for me. I’d definitely keep going. Great intro.
I did actually keep reading for a few pages before I put it down. I think it will probably move to the top of my list soon.