Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: September 23, 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:


Francesca Eve is catering a sombre funeral supper, but the last thing she expects is another murder on the menu…

When elderly millionaire and eccentric entrepreneur Clarence Lightman dies, his nearest and dearest gather one final time at Justice House, Clarence’s beautiful country estate in rural Shropshire, for the reading of his will. But the day ends in uproar when Clarence’s will reveals that whoever solves a series of complex clues will inherit everything, whether that’s one of Clarence’s disagreeable children, his devoted housekeeper, or Francesca herself…

Francesca knows she should stick to the kitchen and stay out of this macabre game, but she is unwillingly drawn into the mystery when she finds Clarence’s son, blood pooling from a deadly thwack to the head, shoved into the larder. Somebody is clearly not playing fair, and Francesca feels sure that they won’t stop until all of the competition has been eliminated.

Francesca must find the murderer, and protect herself and her fellow innocent guests. But trapped in the game until the riddles are solved, she can’t trust anyone. If she can solve the clues, could they lead her to this ruthless killer? And can she find them before they strike again? Fran must use all her wits, not only to hunt down the truth, but just to stay alive… 

Fran stared at the woman in front of her.

Even after all these years it was like looking in the mirror.

Is that enough to hold your attention and keep you 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.

Have you ever reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it?
Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

I have reread books on occasion. A Wrinkle in Time, Anne of Green Gables, the Little House books. Usually I reread them because they’re old favorites and I just enjoy going back to them. Sometimes I’ve reread books in the context of what my boys were reading for school – I’d read along with them. Many times they wanted to reread books before bedtime when they weren’t yet able to read, so I’d read – and reread – those books to them. But just for myself, I wouldn’t say I reread a tremendous number of books. There are too many other books in the world still waiting for my attention!

What about you? Are you a rereader? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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17 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: September 23, 2022

  1. I don’t often re read books. I’ve only re read a couple – I have too many books on my shelf and get distracted by Blog Tours!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:

  2. I love the sound of Murder on the Menu – that’s my perfect cup of tea. I hope you enjoy it!

    I used to reread much more when I was younger and life didn’t constantly get in the way of our reading time. Now I hardly get through my current reads, never mind rereading. But I guess there will come a time for rereads again!

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

  3. I just finished rereading the whole Chronicles of Narnia series. I often will find an ‘old friend’ book if I need to be comforted. I loved A Wrinkle of Time as a child. When I reread it as an adult it wasn’t as good as I remembered it. Sigh. My quotes this week

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    I like the cover of this one. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  5. I’m finishing up In the Shadow of a Queen by Heather B. Moore. It’s a really good book!
    “The day had begun early with masses of people arriving at the Windsor Castle grounds. From [Louise’s] window’s viewpoint, the crowds extended as far as she could see.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. My first line is coming from Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli.
    “The nature of secrets is that they long to be kept and long to be told all at the same time.”

  7. Jenni Elyse says:

    I totally get why some readers don’t reread very often. There are so many new books out there just waiting to be read. I do love to reread. About 33% of my yearly books are rereads. Here’s my post.

  8. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line comes from As Secret as the Night by Danielle Grandinetti:
    December 6, 1933. Chicago
    Lucia Critelli lowered her head against the bitter wind that raced the cars down the city street.

  9. I love rereading books. I’m currently reading An Abduction Cold Case by Connie Queen and the first line is: “Kennedy Wells slammed on the brakes of her Mini Cooper as she looked out the driver’s-side window and squinted toward the dense woods.” Happy Weekend!

  10. I must be the only one who hasn’t re-read books. 🙂

    Enjoy your Sunday and your week.

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