Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 27, 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:


It proves to be a Christmas to remember when Chris Matheson’s body is discovered in the woods near an international airport.

Everyone is stunned—especially Chris Matheson.

The mystery deepens when they discover the victim has Chris’s federal agent badge and appears to have been investigating one of his old cases.

The Geezer Squad’s latest case is not only a whodunit but who-got-dun. Is this a case of mistaken identity? Was Chris the intended victim? If not, then they must identify the murder victim to find his killer.

With Christmas days away, join the Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad as they race to piece together the clues to their most puzzling case yet.

Chris Matheson pushed through the glass door of the coffee shop.

It’s a rather humble beginning, but it turns into much, much more!

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.

Do you prefer to read in a quiet or noisy setting?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

For me, the background doesn’t really matter. Quiet or noisy, I can lose myself in a book just about anywhere. My only requirement is that no one talk to me while I’m trying to read. I can’t concentrate on both book and conversation. People talking on TV, across the room, that doesn’t bug me. But if someone addresses me directly, I have to stop reading to respond.

What about you? Do you like it quiet when you read, or is a little noise okay?

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8 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: January 27, 2023

  1. It sounds like you are really enjoying Criss Crossed Murder. How odd it would be for an investigator to be told you are dead.

  2. Jody says:

    I prefer the quiet. If it’s not quiet I get distracted to easy.

  3. What a strange and suspenseful murder investigation! Happy Reading!

  4. A mystery within a mystery. How delightfully fun.

  5. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading “I’m Not Charlotte Lucas” by Kasey Stockton. It’s super cute!
    “I let myself into Vera’s room, and my heart constricted.”
    I hope you have a good weekend! 😀❤️📚

  6. I prefer a quiet place, but I’ll read anywhere! 🙂 I’m currently reading Heroes in the Crossfire novella collection and the novella “Dawn’s Hidden Threat” by Elizabeth Goddard. The first line is: Angie Greenwood stared into the killer’s eyes.” Have a great weekend!

  7. Like you I can pretty easily block out background noise unless someone talks TO me. I find it a very handy trait! I can also read in the car and often read my kindle while hubby is driving at night because I get nervous on those rainy Seattle nights! Sounds like a fun book – wonder if I need to check out the geezer squad?
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  8. Sounds like quite a mystery! 😊 Have a great week, Lisa!

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