Welcome to today’s post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. For each day, I’ll be sharing the opening paragraphs to a book that starts with that letter and is sitting on my shelves or my Kindle. I had to cheat a little today though – not many Q’s on my shelves.

Q is for QE2

Murder on the QE2 by Jessica Fletcher and
Donald Bain

The older I get the harder it is to surprise me.

But when Matt Miller, my literary agent, called late last winter from New York with a new and unusual project for me, i was surprised to the point of near-shock.

"I can't believe this," I said. "Why me?"

"The fact that you're the world's most successful and best-known mystery writer is reason enough, Jess." He laughed. "I've delivered lots of good new to you, but I've never heard you so excited before. As i said, it doesn't pay that much, and it means having to drop the book you're working on for a month, but—"

"Matt," I said, "one day soon I'll explain why I'm so enthusiastic. In the meantime, I'm running late for lunch with Seth Hazlitt. You remember him."

So, what do you think? Read it soon or give it away?


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