Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: February 24, 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:


A rural New Zealand vacation turns poisonous.

Antiquities expert Annalisse Drury and tycoon Alec Zavos are at an impasse in their relationship when Alec refuses to clear up a paternity issue with an ex-lover.

Frustrated with his avoidance when their future is at stake, Annalisse accepts an invitation from an acquaintance to fly to New Zealand—hoping to escape the recent turbulence in her life.

But even Annalisse’s cottage idyll on the family sheep farm isn’t immune to intrigue.

Alec sends a mutual friend and detective, Bill Drake, to follow her, and a local resident who accompanies them from the Christchurch airport dies mysteriously soon after. A second violent death finds Annalisse and Bill at odds with the official investigations.

The local police want to close both cases as quickly as possible—without unearthing the town’s dirty secrets.

As she and Bill pursue their own leads at serious cost, the dual mysteries force Annalisse to question everything she thought she knew about family ties, politics, and the art of small-town betrayal.

It’s six a.m. on a dismal Saturday, and
I’m standing in awe of a memo sheet
jumping across Alec Zavos’s desk blotter
in his freezing barn office.

What say you? Interesting enough to draw you in? This is the fourth in Marlene Bell’s Annalisse series. Look for my review on the Lone Star Lit book blog tour next week!

Book Blogger Hop

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 the significance of your blog header?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

No special significance, it was just a picture I liked when I was putting my blog together. Perhaps I’ll try to come up with something that has more meaning to it.

Does your blog header have a particular significance? Share it in a comment!

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7 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: February 24, 2023

  1. I’ve had my Readerbuzz librarian from the start, and it’s my favorite part of my header.

    I might pass on this book. The first sentence doesn’t resonate with me.

  2. I like the header and title of your blog – simple and to the point! My header is very boring, but my blog title and button are references to me starting a second blog, always wanting another coffee and another book to read, and constantly answering, “Just a second!” when somebody tries to call me away from the blog or book! Happy Friday!

  3. Mine isn’t super significant either. I hope you have a great weekend.

    My BBH if you care to visit —

  4. Not a lot of info given in that first sentence – but that rarely means anything! Hope you enjoy
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  5. I’m currently reading Brooke by Ronie Kendig. It’s intense.
    “Holy fires, it hurt to breathe. She wanted to slow down but knew she couldn’t.”
    I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  6. My blogger header is a foggy lakeshore which hints at the suspense I weave into my stories. I’m just beginning Kidnapped in Texas by Virginia Vaughan. The first line is: “Abby Mitchell crossed the street to drop a letter into the mailbox.” Hope you have a great week!

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