Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - #11

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday we share the first sentence (or so) of the book we’re currently reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My Book Beginning:  

The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery, #10) by Livia J. Washburn

Sam Fletcher sang, “Ohhh, jingle bells, shotgun shells___”
Phyliss Newsom shook her head and said, “Not that version, Sam.  Have you no respext for the classics?”

My Thoughts:  It doesn’t really say a whole lot other than letting you know it’s the time of year that people sing Christmas songs and that Sam and Phyliss have a different opinion about which version to sing.  

What do you think?  Don't forget to leave your book beginning below and to link-up at Rose City Reader.  


Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice on every Friday.

To Play along here are the Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your post below. 
*Don’t forget to add your post URL (not your blog url) at Freda’s Voice.  
*It's that simple.

My 56 (Also from The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer ): 

 She asked, “What about Nate’s riffle, Allyson?”
“I don’t know anything about it.  I thought it was still in the guest-bedroom closet until the police came to look for it and didn’t find it.  That’s where Nate always kept it.”
“Did you tell them that before they started looking?”

My Thoughts:  We now know that Nate is a suspect and that Allyson doesn’t know as much as she thought she knew.  This is a series I really enjoy though I’m really behind on reading the books – just too many books – which is of course a blessing and not a crime!


About The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer by Livia J. Washburn

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Trick or Deadly Treat, Phyllis Newsom returns with a festive Christmas recipe that’s to die for…

‘Tis the season in Weatherford, Texas, and everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square, where Phyllis Newsom will be serving her much-anticipated candy cane cupcakes. Local rancher Barney McCrory manages to charm one away from her before the ceremony begins. But unfortunately, when the minty confection is finished, so is he.

This isn’t the first time someone has dropped dead after eating one of Phyllis’s treats. But when the paramedics determine the rancher was shot, suspicion swiftly falls on McCrory’s daughter and her husband—who both stand to reap some sweet rewards from his death. Though Phyllis doesn’t want to get mixed up in another murder investigation, something about this case doesn’t sit right with her. With a little help from a tabloid TV news crew, Phyllis must unwrap the truth and restore good cheer to Weatherford before it’s too late…

Includes recipes! 

Don't forget to post your meme's and link up at both host locations.  

Have a great Friday! 


  1. This is one of the series I hope to finally try in 2016 as part of my grand scheme. They sound like such fun!

  2. Sounds like a fun holiday mystery. Happy Friday!

  3. This sounds like a great book perfect for the season.

  4. This sounds like another series that I would enjoy. I am spotlighting both and alternate history book - The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty - and a thriller - She Can Kill by Melinda Leigh - today. Happy reading!

  5. I too have this on my waiting list. Sounds fun and I enjoy witty dialogue. Plus, I'm addicted to cozies. LOL

    Here's my 56 -

  6. I love a good cozy, and the ones that are holiday themed are fun. Thanks for sharing and enjoy, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. This looks fun and this is a cozy series I haven't come across yet! Of course now I want cupcakes!

  8. The beginning had me giggling. The 56 had me piqued! Sounds good!
    Happy weekend!

  9. Hi Maria,

    Whilst I loev the excerpts you shared and obviously that cover art is to die for! ... I'm not sure that this is a series I want to start out on right now. I don't tend to read an awful lot of cozy mysteries, so when I do indulge, a good stand alone story works better for me.

    Thanks for sharing though and enjoy your weekend :)


  10. Lol, that beginning is so funny ^_^

    Our BB

  11. Sounds like a fun cozy series - and I love those snippets, especially the beginning. :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings), Music Monday, and TTT.