Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 13, 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 beginning:


A high profile national fair, a murdered model. Can Dodo solve the crime before it closes the fair?

The historic British Empire Fair of 1924 is set to be officially opened by the king at the new Wembley Stadium and Lady Dorothea Dorchester, Dodo, has an invitation.

The whole fair is an attempt to build morale after a devastating World War and the planning and preparation have been in the works for years. So much is riding on its success.

The biggest soap maker in England has been offered the opportunity to host a beauty exhibit and after a nationwide search for the ten most beautiful girls in Britain, they build an extravagant ‘palace’ that will feature live models representing famous women of history, including one who will represent today’s modern woman. Dodo has succeeded in winning the bid to clothe Miss 1924 with fashions from the House of Dubois for whom she is a fashion ambassador.

But the fair has hardly begun when disaster strikes. One of the models is murdered. Can Dodo find the murderer before the bad PR closes the fair?

Clutching the gilded VIP invitation, Dodo Dorchester could barely conceal her excitement.

Are you in? Ann Sutton has crafted a delightful mystery series with Dodo Dorchester, and this promises to be an enjoyable read!

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.

Are there any new books you’re excited to read in 2023?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

Lots of them! I talked about several of the books I’m looking forward to in the first half of 2023 here.

What books are you looking forward to this year? Leave a comment and let’s talk about them!

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16 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 13, 2023

  1. Mark says:

    You had me at murder mystery at a fair. The opening is good, too. Sounds like a good I’d enjoy.

  2. Ashley S. says:

    I LOVE books set at fairs! This sounds so good. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. The book cover screams ‘fun is being spoiled.’ I hope the book is a joy.

  4. That would be quite an honor! I haven’t heard of this series before, but I am definitely interested! Cozy historical mysteries are one of my favorite types of mysteries.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Cindy Davis says:

    That’s a fun cover!! I hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson. It’s a great story!
    “Dora placed the flyer in a box and covered it with the lid. She looked around the house, so empty now that Paul had moved from their spare bedroom to an apartment downtown.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  7. Jody says:

    I have so many books I want to read I can’t add them all 🤣

  8. Sounds like a fun one! Have a great rest of your weekend!

  9. Harvee says:

    I haven’t read many cozy mysteries recently, but picked up a Tamar Myers one at the library yesterday. Myers is pretty funny and a good writer too.

  10. a 1920s mystery – cool! I’m currently reading Alaskan Mountain Search by Sarah Varland. The first line is: “It was never truly dark at this time of year–mid June–in the land of the midnight sun.” Have a great week!

  11. Murder spoils the fair? You don’t say. LOL. That cover is very eye-catching. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

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