Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: October 7, 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:


When a local farmer announces on social media that he has discovered a ‘bog body’ in Ardee, experts are keen to explore the secrets of the life and grisly death of the victim.

Antique journalist January Quail is fighting to keep her newspaper job and gets involved. But she uncovers far more than she bargained for. The ‘bog body’ turns out to be a recent murder, and January uses her nose for the truth to investigate the County Louth town. From shopkeeper to publican, everyone is a suspect but, when the gardaí can’t find the killer, can she?

Once she sets down her liqueur glass, January gains the confidence of the lead Garda investigator. Within days, the case unravels into a much more dangerous situation with a killer on the loose.

Despite the risk, January is electrified, as this newest discovery has come at the perfect time to inject some colour into her flailing career. She relinquishes her old ways to fight for survival, abandoning her antiques column and vintage corsets to solve a cryptic crime that has the experts puzzled.

Bog water holds secrets, suspended in time, perfectly preserved.

Would this be enough of a hook to pull you into the book? I’d want to know what secrets were in the bog water!

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 you lost if you don’t have a book to read?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Yes! I do feel rather at loose ends if I finish a book and don’t have another to pick up fairly quickly. Of course, I have my actual books, my Kindle, and the Kindle app on my phone, so the chances of me being without a book for long are very, very small.

How about you? Do you feel the need to have a book at all times? Leave a comment, and then go visit other blogs to see what other folks are saying!

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14 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: October 7, 2022

  1. I feel lost without a book, but I have my Kindle on my phone and the library app so the chances of running out are small.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:

  2. Harvee says:

    I’m lost without my Kindle or my cell phone to access games, messages, FB, books, and more.

  3. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I always have two books going!
    That book sounds so intriguing!

    My first line comes from Within These Gilded Halls by Abigail Wilson.
    Southern England, 1819
    Hunting the treasure without me?
    A fascinating book!

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    I can’t remember the last time I was at loose ends with reading. I hope you enjoy this one and have a great weekend!

  5. I’m not sure if I ever don’t have at least two books going at once. I imagine I’d run to the book shelf and just pull something out, like a poetry book, if I ever experienced a void.


  6. Jenni Elyse says:

    In certain situations, I’ll feel lost without a book, like in a waiting room, on a plane, or staying in a hotel by myself. I usually have a book or my Kindle with me so I don’t have to worry most of the time. I hate reading on my phone, but I’ll do it if it’s the only thing I have.

    My Book Blogger Hop Post

  7. My Kindle is with me always! Lol!

    I’m currently reading Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham. It’s super cute!
    “In my psychology class we learned that the best way to deal with sensitive artistic personalities like Eli’s is to ask questions to help them come to their own conclusions. Directness may lead to internal wounds. Or was that about counseling teenagers? Oh well, I’m sure it works for both.”
    Have a great weekend!!!

  8. Mark says:

    That opening pulls you in. Kind of like a bog.

    You can add me to those who are lost without a book.

  9. I’d definitely be lost without a book to read! I’m currently re-reading To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M White. The first line is: “Prince … or pirate?” Have a great weekend!

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