Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 3, 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:


Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand is expanding, as it has become a gathering spot for the community, despite having been the scene of multiple murders. Artists she met while doing a chocolate sculpture are now working out of the shop. So when Felicity is invited to tea by an eccentric art collector, she’s intrigued, especially when she gets asked to pose for a portrait done with chocolate on chocolate. Only, where there is a murder the next day at the same historic house where the tea was held, one of Felicity’s artist friends becomes the main suspect.

When the killer threatens that, unless Felicity unravels the murder, one of her two love interests will be the next victim, she finds herself unwittingly at the center of a puzzle, with a Sherlock Holmes obsessed murderer who wants to be the next Moriarty – and wants to cast Felicity as Sherlock.

Felicity starts finding unexpected connects between her friends and acquaintances, and has to deal with the idea that someone who knows her is a murderer. At the same time, she has to keep her business running, despite construction dust and unruly customers – and an unexpected order for thousands of truffles.

Satchmo the retired police dog turned therapy dog returns to help her sniff out a few clues, and the kidnapping of Ruffles, the quirky artist’s cat, helps lead Felicity into the puzzle. Can Felicity solve it in time to protect the people she cares about from becoming additional victims?

“This house has always creeped me out,” my best friend Autumn says as she takes the key out of the ignition of her car.

My thoughts:

I love this series! Amber Royer has a winning heroine in Felicity Koerber, a young widow turned chocolatier who finds herself in the middle of murder in the most unexpected ways. I’ve loved all of her books, and I anticipate that this one will be another enjoyable read. My review will be up next week, and y’all can check out the other reviewers on the Lone Star Literary Life tour page!

Is the first line enough to hold your interest?

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 joined the library reading app, Libby? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes! I have Libby on my phone. I don’t use it every day, or even every week, but it’s a handy way to get my hands on books I want to read. Our local library doesn’t have every ebook I want, but they’ve got a pretty good selection.

Do you use Libby? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. Then hop on over to see what other bloggers are saying about the library app!

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16 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop: March 3, 2023

  1. I am so excited because I finally got my library card fixed so that I could join. I have not used it yet, but I sure plan to. Happy Friday, Lisa 😊

  2. Okay, you caught my interest with the setting—Galveston!

  3. I have used Libby, but not enough.

  4. Mark says:

    I should use Libby more.

    Great opening line. Really makes me curious to know what is going on.

  5. I use Libby all the time! It’s the only way I listen to audio books and I read lots of my library ebooks that way. It’s on my phone and tablet, so a book is never far away. The Seattle library system has almost every book I’ve ever looked for, so I’m lucky!
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  6. This looks like a great cozy mystery, and series. I have only heard the name Libby and wasn’t even sure what it did. Happy Reading!

  7. This series is on my wishlist. It looks really good. I use Libby too.

  8. Why does the house creep her out? I am curious.

  9. Cindy Davis says:

    I have not tried Libby, although I do use Hoopla…not sure if my library has both or not. I hope you enjoy this one. Have a great weekend!

  10. Ashley S. says:

    This sounds like a series I need to check out. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  11. What I’m understanding from all these answers to the Book Blogger Hop is that the first step is getting a library card. Have a great weekend.

  12. I occasionally use Libby. I’m currently reading Depending on the Cowboy by Jill Kemerer. The first line is: “Women made him nervous.” Have a great week!

  13. I’m so late! It’s been a crazy, busy weekend. Anyway, I’m currently reading To Win Her Hand by Jen Geigle Johnson. It’s cute!
    “Lord Featherstone craned his neck until he could no longer see Lady Loveluck exiting outside to wait for her carriage.”
    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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