Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: June 2, 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’ll share a quote from the 56 percent mark for the Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice! I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


In The Last Drop of Hemlock, the dazzling follow up to Last Call at the Nightingale, even a dance can come with a price…

New York, 1924. Vivian Kelly has gotten a job at the Nightingale, a speakeasy known to the young and fun as a place where the rules of society can be tossed aside for a dance and a drink, and things are finally looking up for her and her sister Florence. They might not be living like queens—still living in a dingy, two-room tenement, still scrimping and saving—but they’re confident in keeping a roof over their heads and, every once in a while, there is fried ham for breakfast.

Of course, things were even better before Bea’s Uncle Pearlie, the doorman for the Nightingale, was poisoned. Bea has been Vivian’s best friend since before she can remember, and though Pearlie’s death is ruled a suicide, Bea’s sure her uncle wouldn’t have killed himself. After all, he had the family to care for . . . and there have been rumors of a mysterious letter writer, blackmailing Vivian’s poorest neighbors for their most valuable possessions, threatening poison if they don’t comply.

With the Nightingale’s dangerously lovely owner, Honor, worried for her employees’ safety and Bea determined to prove her Uncle was murdered, Vivian once again finds herself digging through a dead man’s past in hopes of stopping a killer.

The rumor went through the Nightingale like a flood, quietly rising, whispers hovering on lips in pockets of silence.

They were going to make it, she thought, heady with relief. Soon they’d be out in the night and slipping away.

Then, just as her count reached thirty, a tremendous crash echoed through the shop.

Do either of these snippets grab your attention? Would you keep reading?

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 would the title of your autobiography be?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

That’s easy! The title of my autobiography would be “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.” I can’t even tell you how many things have gone pear-shaped in my life, and I’ve said, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.” If I never write my autobiography, that may be my epitaph!

What about you? What would the title of your autobiography be? Leave it in a comment!

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6 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: June 2, 2023

  1. Kym says:

    I would definitely keep reading! Looks like a very good book! Had to laugh at your biography title, because I can definitely relate. Happy Reading!

  2. Vicki says:

    I like everything you shard so I think I’d like this book even though it’s not a genre I usually read.

  3. I like the title of your autobiography. It says so much!

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    It sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  5. Great snippets and cover! Happy weekend!

  6. Meezan says:

    I think many of us can relate to the title of your autography. Those excerpts are really good! 🙂

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