Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – November 11, 2022

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:


Eve Mallow’s going back to school! But when a former student is murdered, Eve must discover who taught her a deadly lesson…

Eve Mallow is delighted when she’s asked to cater Founders’ Day at Southwood School. It’s the best – and most secretive – school for miles around, and Eve can’t wait to see what it’s really like. But when she arrives, the atmosphere is far from scholarly. Natalie Somerson, ex-pupil and professional gossip, is the guest of honour, but nobody seems to want her there… especially when her speech stirs up an old scandal about a secret love affair. So why was she invited?

The next morning, Natalie is found dead in a locked attic room. To make matters worse, Eve’s boyfriend Robin becomes the police’s prime suspect. Determined to prove his innocence, Eve starts to investigate everyone with a stake in the school. Is it the prudish principal, worried about Natalie’s influence? Her former teacher, whose life Natalie made miserable? Or the head girl, who seemed to hate Natalie one day and adore her the next?

When strange letters arrive at the school and Eve finds a bottle of Natalie’s perfume in the most unexpected place, she senses time is running out to save Robin’s good name. Eve had better study her suspects and unmask the real killer… before they give her a fatal mark!

An utterly delightful and page-turning English cozy mystery, perfect for fans of Frances Evesham, J.R. Ellis and Agatha Christie.

The killer knew Natalie Somerson would be early to the clandestine meeting.

Are you intrigued enough to 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.

Which do you prefer to be known as: a voracious reader or a book nerd?
Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

Collectively, my family is the Nerd Herd, so I’d rather be known as a book nerd, please!

Which would you prefer? Leave me a comment!

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8 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – November 11, 2022

  1. Happy Friday!
    I’m just starting Tomorrow’s Steadfast Prayer by Naomi Rawlings.
    “What do you mean you couldn’t get inside the camp?”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 😀❤️📚

  2. Jenni Elyse says:

    Lol. I love that your family is known as the Nerd Herd. 😀 I prefer book nerd too.

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  3. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My book this week is Authentically Izzy by Pepper Basham:
    Dear readers,
    This is a cautionary tale.
    A tale of family, literary classics, podiatry, matchmaking, Shakespeare, and distance.

  4. Breana M. says:

    Mystery at Southwood School looks interesting. Have a great weekend!

  5. That’s a good question. Either works for me. 🙂 I’m starting the novella collection Targeted, and the first line is from “On the Run” by Lynette Eason: “Daria Nevsky slammed the door of her Ford F-150 truck and tucked her jacket under her chin to ward off the chill of the November wind.” Have a great week!

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