Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - #40

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:  

As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery, Book 5) by Anna Lee Huber

For my soul is full of troubles: and my life drawth nigh unto the grave. – Psalm 88:3, Bible, King James Version

July 1831
Keswick, England

It began with a letter.  Or perhaps, more accurately, a messenger.  Though I suppose it’s pointless to quibble over such a triviality.

My Thoughts:  Things often do seem to happen, especially in historical and mystery books, with either a letter or a messenger of sorts.

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 As Death Draws Near) at 56% on my Kindle: 

     He shifted the stack of letters to the other side of him on the settee, and then pulled me toward him, settleing my head in the crook of his neck.  “We have too many potential motives, and none tht makes much sense.”
     I had to agree though it also reminded me of something else.

My Thoughts:  This really doesn’t tell us too much, obviously this is not going to be an easy mystery for Cage and Lady Darby to solve.  I really look forward to diving into this new installment of this series, which I love.

So what do you think?  Start it this weekend?  What do you think of the cover? Don’t forget to link up at Freda’s Voice.

The latest mystery from the national bestselling author of A Study in Death tangles Lady Kiera Darby and Sebastian Gage in a dangerous web of religious and political intrigue.

June 1831. In the midst of their idyllic honeymoon in England’s Lake District, Kiera and Gage’s seclusion is soon interrupted by a missive from her new father-in-law. A deadly incident involving a distant relative of the Duke of Wellington has taken place at an abbey south of Dublin, Ireland, and he insists that Kiera and Gage look into the matter.

Intent on discovering what kind of monster could murder a woman of the cloth, the couple travel to Rathfarnham Abbey school. Soon a second nun is slain in broad daylight near a classroom full of young girls. With the sinful killer growing bolder, the mother superior would like to send the students home, but the growing civil unrest in Ireland would make the journey treacherous.

Before long, Kiera starts to suspect that some of the girls may be hiding a sinister secret. With the killer poised to strike yet again, Kiera and Gage must make haste and unmask the fiend, before their matrimonial bliss comes to an untimely end... 

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

Have a great Friday! 


  1. I haven't heard of this books before, but it sounds like something I would enjoy.

  2. This week is just terrible.... Everyone is reading these amazing novels. When oh when am I going to get to them allllllll!!!! Love the cover as well. You can visit my Friday Meets at

  3. I haven't heard of this one, but I do want to know more. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “IN TWENTY YEARS”

  4. I love historical mysteries but somehow haven't heard of this series. I absolutely love the cover too. Added to my TBR!

  5. Not one I would normally pick up but it sounds really good. Happy weekend!

  6. This sounds good. I haven't heard of the series before and now want to find book one. I'm working my way through TBR mountain and landed on Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas this week. Happy reading!

  7. I got confused for a minute and thought it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling (DARBY v DARCY). Ha! Hope you enjoy it.

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  8. The blurb sounds interesting and I love a good mystery. Enjoy!

  9. I spotted this recently and it quickly went on my must read list!

    My Friday 56 from Scar Tissue

  10. A historical mystery ... love the sound of it! (When did your header change? I havent come over in a while!)

    1. I changed it today - not sure how I feel about it but I thought it was time for a change...we'll see.