Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: April 28, 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:


When Maud McIntyre sets up her own private detective agency, she never imagines her first case will involve murder… A mystery in the Highlands? The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency is on the case!

Edinburgh, 1911: When Maud McIntyre and her lady’s maid, Daisy, form a detective agency, they never dream their first case will take place at a glamorous house in the Scottish Highlands. But when the Duchess of Duddingston, concerned that a notorious jewellery thief will target her lavish weekend party, employs Maud to go undercover as a guest to find the culprit, the agency has its first case to solve…

Undercover with Daisy as her maid, Maud follows a trail of clues across the Duddingston House estate. And as she meets the weekend guests, she hopes one of them will reveal themselves as the jewellery thief. But when one of the house guests is discovered dead, Maud and Daisy realise they’re not only hunting precious gems, but a murderer…

As Maud and Daisy investigate, they realise that a connection in Edinburgh might hold a vital clue that will help them solve the case. Travelling back to the city, Maud hopes that what she and Daisy uncover will help them piece together the murder mystery at Duddingston House…

But when Maud receives a telephone call from the Duchess requesting urgent assistance, she realises that the murderer didn’t have just one victim in mind. Speeding down the drive to Duddingston House, Maud and Daisy hear gunshots ring out across the estate. Will they reach the Duchess in time to save her? And will they catch the murderer in the act?

August 1911

“There.” Maud pinned the map up on the office wall. “This will serve to remind our clients that we take cases not only in the city but in the whole of Midlothian.”

I used to live in Midlothian, Texas, so I was predisposed to like the story from the first page just because of the place name! Would you keep reading? I think this will be an enjoyable cozy mystery.

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 tried a reel on Instagram? 
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I’ve never tried an Instagram reel. I’m not great with making short videos, so I don’t mess with TikTok, either. I’ll have to take a look at some and see if I can find inspiration!

Have you ever tried an Instagram reel? If not, would you? Leave a comment!

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5 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: April 28, 2023

  1. The title sounds like something that should be attributed to Alexander McCall Smith.

  2. Cindy Davis says:

    I hope you enjoy this one. No, I am not into Reel’s. I have no desire to do them or (unpopular opinion) watch them.

  3. Snapdragon says:

    I just post pictures of my garden on Instagram. I don’t know what a reel is or how to make one.

  4. Meezan says:

    This sounds like a really fun mystery! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  5. Ashley S. says:

    This sounds like such a fun mystery! I don’t post reels either. I wouldn’t even know where to begin, lol. Happy reading! 🙂

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