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With apologies for being late this month. Dancing and snow have kept me from the computer for a couple of days :-)
So, if you'd like to join in, please record the first sentences of the books you read, please, for the entertainment, or otherwise, of others!
Thank you


With apologies for being late this month. Dancing and snow have kept me from the computer for a couple of days :-)
So, if you'd like to join in, please record the first sentences of the books you read, please, for the entertainment, or otherwise, of others!
Thank you

Dancing IN the snow?


Dancing IN the snow?

Not quite, although the old house/hotel where we were enjoying our dancing beak was surrounded by the stuff for much of the week. It looked quite pretty through the ballroom windows while our exercise kept us warm inside! The problem was that we were the wrong side of the M62/A66 and other closed transPennine routes for getting home again . . . . but we're here now - and I'm not planning to move for at least 48 hours :-)


Dancing IN the snow?

That was my first thought


Dancing IN the snow?
That was my first thought

There's another 2 or 3 inches, and more falling, out there again now - but I'm still not planning on going out to dance in it :-)


Of late years, an abundant shower of curates has fallen upon the north of England : they lie very thick on the hills ; every parish has one or more of them ; they are young enough to be very active, and ought to be doing a great deal of good.
From "Shirley", by Charlotte Brontë.


above the fortress of Cashel, stronghold of Colgú, King of Muman.

from Atonement Of Blood by Peter Tremayne


but not every bird can settle in captivity.
From The Queen's Mary by Sarah Gristwood.


From the prologue to The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna
Chapter One begins: Dorinda Walsh knew she lived in a dangerous world.


From Mycroft Holmes and the Case of the Bankers' Conclave by David Dickinson


From Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves


From Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty


once the jubilee was over and Queen Victoria had returned to her silence, so too did the house.
From Valentine Grey by Sandi Toksvig


The Dead School by Patrick McCabe.


his wife, Miriam, was alive.

From The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick


Clara Morrow carefully hid the Easter egg and thought about raising the dead, which she planned to do right after supper.
From The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny.


standing and huddled along the walls because of the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken.

- Skipping Christmas by John Grisham -


From "Heartstone" by C. J. Sansom.


Monk thought it would simply be another case of domestic petty theft, or investigating the character and prospects of some suitor.

A Sudden Fearful death by Anne Perry


Play Dead a D.I. Kim Stone Novel by Angela Marsons.


and thank the good Lord for that, as I believe I really would go mad were I to be confined to that chair by the fire.
From The Grandmother's Tale by Alison Weir,


on a bright Saturday in October.
From Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson


of a gated Malibu beach house worth, had to be, seven or eight million.

From Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson


gave me a loaded glance as we passed each other in front of Cliff's Hardware.

Michael Tolliver Lives, by Armistead Maupin.


but the dresses they gave her left something to be desired.
From Sister Flora's First Day of Freedom, the first short story in Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith


She likes some news stories better than others.

- Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand -


From Jane Austen over the Styx by Victoria Owens, the first short story in the collection, Dancing with Mr Darcy ed by Sarah Waters


from Death Comes To Lynchester Close by David Dickinson


From The Seahorse by Tania Unsworth


although he himself is the watcher.

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French


United Western Bank opened, Jake Calhoun's breath whooshed out as if a fist slammed into his gut.

The Texan's Forbidden Fiancée, by Sara Orwig


The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin.


From This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell


The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell 14802243


From The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

This is a classic from 1001 Books to Read Before You Die and considered to be the first detective story


and so that was probably the reason a small group of people were packing their bags to travel to the very north of Britain to stay with Mr. Trent.
From "Death of a prankster", by M. C. Beaton.


The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson.


From Bad Girls, Good Women by Rosie Thomas


From Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves


The book is The Ladies of Garrison Gardens by Loiuse Shaffer.


From The Ballroom by Anna Hope


Platform by Michel Houellebecq.


Tiger Prince, by Sandra Brown.


pretend wife, I understood only vaguely that complicated things often prefer to masquerade as simple things at first. The Pretend Wife by Bridget Asher.


From Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn


From "Death of a hussy", by M. C. Beaton.


the football bobble along the rutted ground towards his friends.
from 'Tell Me I'm Wrong'. by Adam Croft.


From Mycroft Holmes and Murder at the Diogenes Club by David Dickinson


instinctively her body sucked in another.
From The Thief's Daughter by Victoria Cornwall


only a fool chooses the truth."

- Natchez Burning by Greg Iles -


the shortest day of 2010, the woman on the radio said.

A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hall journal/14914848


'Come on then, Flo, what about a Wednesday walk?'
From In the Market for Murder by T E Kinsey


From Mycroft Holmes and the Case of the Romanov Pearls by David Dickinson


From Death around the Bend by T E Kinsey.


From Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn


From Templar Silks by Elizabeth Chadwick


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay.


clean silver car and drove up to Maine from my home in Brooklyn. The book is After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry.


pulling my sagging jawline up to my ears, listening to voice mails on speakerphone.
The book is They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson.


Another World by Pat Barker.


From Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan


The book is Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block.


ever since his name, with its now meaningless seniority, had been struck off the list of post-captains, it had seemed to him that he was living in a radically different world; everything was perfectly familiar, from the smell of seawater and tarred rigging to the gentle heave of the deck under his feet, but the essence was gone and he was a stranger.

The Letter Of Marque by Patrick O'Brian


From the Prologue to To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear
Chapter One begins: Maisie Dobbs pulled off Tottenham Court Road, manoeuvring her Alvis drophead coupe motor car into Warren Street.


and more particular during the latter part of it, there flourished and practised in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been bestowed upon distinguished members of the medical profession.

Washington Square by Henry James.


and felt the inevitable strain on her knees.
From The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves


and my own opinion - beknown only to God - is that the difference between one man and another doesn't amount to much.
From Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea


From The Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne


gray clouds, and the blue sky fast fading.

- Wish You Well by David Baldacci -


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