Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Beginnings & #Friday 56 - #25

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:  

Pardonable Lies (A Maisie Dobbs Mystery, Book 3) by Jacqueline Winspear

Part 1 

London, September 1930

The young policewoman stood in the corner of the room.  Plain whitewashed walls, a heavy door, a wooden table with two chairs, and one small window with frosted glass rendered the room soulless.   

My Thoughts:  Somebody is in trouble – this is clearly a room where people are questioned about their activities….glad I’ve never had to visit one myself.  This is the third book in the series and I'm enjoying them so far - looking forward to finding out why Maisie is at a police station. 

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 Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear ): 


Leaning her head against the window frame, Maisie heard the back door open and watched as Madame stood outside, looking back into the kitchen while pointing into the garden.  “Philippe! Attention! Vite, vite!”.  The old hound ambled from the kitchen, across the garden, and took up his place by the apple tree. 

My Thoughts:  At first I wasn't sure who "Philippe" was but I'm glad to find out that he is Madame's dog and not her husband or 

So what do you think?  Keep reading?  Don’t forget to leave your link below and link up at Freda’s Voice.  

Pardonable Lies (A Maisie Dobbs Mystery, Book 3)
by Jacqueline Winspear

In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the warone of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton.

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Have a great Friday! 


  1. I used to love the Maisie Dobbs series but haven't read any for awhile. I think this might be the last one I read and I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too! I love Winspear's voice.

  2. I still need to read book 1. I know I'm so far behind now.
    I added you to the Linky. Happy Easter weekend!

  3. I've never read the Maisie Dobbs series. It sounds like an interesting read though.

  4. I want to read the first book in the series. I don't know anything about your protagonist but I doubt she is in trouble here.