Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: December 22, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


The case in Olivia Matthews’s Coconut Drop Dead is going to be a tough nut to crack.

Brooklyn’s annual Caribbean American Heritage Festival is finally here, and Spice Isle Bakery is thrilled to be one of the event’s food vendors. After all, the Murrays have been attending the festival for years. Co-owner Lyndsay Murray hopes their West Indian pastries and finger foods draw people back to the bakery in Little Caribbean. She’s looking forward to having fun, connecting with customers, and celebrating with her family.

The day’s festivities are cut short when Camille, lead singer of an up-and-coming reggae band, dies. The police think it may be a tragic accident. But Lyndsay’s cousin Manny was close to Camille, and he believes someone cut her life short. Now Manny needs Lyndsay’s help to make sure a killer faces the music.

“Will we see you and Benny at the festival, Tanya?” My maternal grandmother, Genevieve Bain, sat at her dark wood folding table in Spice Isle Bakery, our family-owned business, early Friday morning.

And I’m excited to share for the Friday 56 again! Thank you to Anne at Head Full of Books for jumping in to host while Freda of Freda’s Voice is out of pocket. The way it works is, you share a snippet from either page 56 or the 56% mark of your current book, then stop by Anne’s blog and link up here. Here’s mine.

Their most notable features were their straw hats and backward feet. That’s right; their feet faced backward. And their faces were blank except for their mouth. They didn’t have eyes or a nose. Who told children stories with creatures like that?

Do these snippets grab your attention enough to keep you reading? I’m loving the series, myself. Check out my review of Hard Dough Homicide to see some of the aspects of Matthews’ writing that appeal to me.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

What is your favorite 2023 book? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Just one?! Come on, that’s like asking me to choose a favorite child. I’ve read so many! And looking back, I’ve read some really good books. My best of 2023 will be coming out next week. Right now, in this particular moment, I’ll go with Courting Miss Emma by Linda Broday. Check out my review to see why I loved it.

Do you have a favorite book of 2023? Leave a comment, and if you’ve got a blog, stop by the Book Blogger Hop to link up your post!

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One Response to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: December 22, 2023

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    I have not started thinking about my favorites yet…but will be tackling that soon. Merry Christmas!

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