Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - #37

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Gilion at 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:  

Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery, Book 2) by Anna Lee Huber

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas

October 1830

It was the groan of death.
   Or so one would think.
My Thoughts:  This is a bit of a melodramatic beginning – perhaps a bad omen of what’s to come.

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 at 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 Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery, Book 2 by Anna Lee Huber– about 56% on Kindle Version ): 

      It appears Dr. Sloan has developed something of a fearful reputation for being interested in unusual subjects.  Rumor has it that a young maid in a household on Princes Street was examined and taken up by Dr. Sloan because of her marked stammer and extreme shyness.  Where this maid is said to have gone, and from which establishment she was to have come from. The maids could not say.

My Thoughts:  I don’t believe Dr. Sloan sounds like the kind of doctor I would like examining me.  The fact that no one knows what became of the young maid is scary.

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

About Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery, Book 2) by Anna Lee Huber

Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera’s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother—and Kiera’s childhood art tutor—William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor’s plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…

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

Have a great Friday! 


  1. This seems interesting, thanks for sharing about it. :-)

    1. It's a really good series if you like historical fiction, female sleuths and mysteries

  2. Some day I'll start this series ... I just need to catch up on one of the gazillion other series I'm too far behind on first! LOL! :)

  3. This does sound good. Like Karen, I have a few other series I want to finish first. Come see what book I chose this week here. Happy reading!

  4. I think I want to stay very far away from Dr. Sloan! This sounds really good. I love historical mysteries like this and hadn't heard of this series. I'll definitely have to check this out.

    1. He is a real piece of work - and is a good example of why the medical profession had such a hard time being considered a respectable profession for a long time

  5. I love the quote by Edgar Degas! Happy weekend!

    1. It is a great quote! Of course the fact that I love his art work helps too:)

  6. Everything grabs me. I'm going to go check out the series:)

    My Friday 56 from Headed For Trouble

    1. I hope you get a chance to read it - I've been enjoying it quite a bit!

  7. Oh, yes, what did Dr. Sloan do to the maid? I do want to know more...and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Dr. Sloan is not the kind of doctor you would have wanted anywhere near a family member or yourself - imagine the worst kind of mental hospital ever and you would have a good idea of what kind of doctor he was!

  8. Hi Maria,

    I so want to add the first book in this series 'The Anatomist's Wife' to my list, however I really have racked up quite a substantial number of 'Want To Read's' on my list, over at Goodreads.

    I loved the Degas quote and your '56' lines are very dark and disturbing. I wonder where this maid has disappeared to and why the creepy Dr. Sloane is busy taking an interest in her?

    Thanks for sharing, I certainly shan't forget about this series for the future :)


  9. This is a series I haven't heard of before. It sounds interesting. Enjoy!