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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Book Of Cold Cases by Simone St James

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is The Book Of Cold Cases by Simone St James (click for link to Goodreads):

“The Greer mansion sat high on a hill, overlooking the town and the ocean. To get to it from downtown, you had to leave the pretty shops and the creaking seaside piers and drive a road that wound upward, toward the cliffs. You passed the heart of Claire Lake, the part of town where the locals lived and the tourists usually didn’t go. You passed a grid of shops and low apartment blocks, local diners and hair salons. On the outskirts of town, you passed newer developments, built between the foot of the cliffs and the flat land on the edge of the inland lake that gave the town its name.”

I am currently 43% through and am loving it. It is a bit spookier than I was expecting, but that is a nice surprise!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect–a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases–a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

What’s the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading?

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Secrets of the Mummy Concierge by Tiffany Norris

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Secrets of the Mummy Concierge by Tiffany Norris

“It’s 9am on a Monday and I’m chatting to a client about vaginas. Or, to be more specific, her vagina. And if it will ever be the same again… Before you start guessing, no, I’m not a doctor, midwife or sex therapist. I’m something completely unique: A Mummy Concierge.”

I am currently 80% of the way through and am loving it!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“‘Tiffany’s rolodex would be the envy of many Hollywood producers’ Grazia

Create a unique baby name that no one has ever used before… tick
Organise a delivery room photoshoot with hair and make-up for mum-to-be… tick
Arrange a toddler birthday party with no maximum budget… tick

All in a day’s work for the Mummy Concierge.

Tiffany Norris is the one and only concierge for parenthood in the UK today. Acting as a baby’s personal assistant, on-call therapist and social director, Tiffany strives to be the ultimate parent protector, peacekeeper and negotiator when it comes to bringing a new tiny human into the world. Where demands go way beyond late-night food cravings and into the luxurious world of the super-rich, Tiffany is on hand to help with all kinds of seemingly impossible requests.

From opulent nurseries and stylists for new-borns to 3am calls worrying about just not being enough, Tiffany also shares her own story of motherhood and post-natal depression. Secrets of the Mummy Concierge reminds us all that being a new parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth.

And luckily, The Mummy Concierge is here to help.”

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – War Babies by Rachel Billington

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is War Babies by Rachel Billington

“A woman lies unconscious on the carpet of a smart Westminster apartment. She is not young but still pretty; one red high-heeled shoe has fallen off. Nearby is a small but solid statuette of a buddha.”

It is an interesting book. I am currently on page 39 and the story is building nicely.

Book Description:

“A woman lies unconscious on the carpet of a smart Westminster apartment, one red high-heeled shoe has fallen off…

A younger woman lies with her eyes closed, half-hidden under a drinks cabinet…
Her fingers clutch an empty bottle…

What happens when a mother withholds her love?
When she has no love to withhold?
When she sees her three daughters as obstacles to her own formidable career?

This is the story of three sisters, Millie, Di and Cleo.

They are the war babies.
Growing up in a world still in turmoil, hungover from war, the sisters struggle to leave behind their mother and build their own lives.

Each sister is lost in her own world where extreme need leads to extreme behaviour.
Then a tragic event forces Cleo, the youngest and wildest, to become the catalyst to smash the pattern.

Who will adapt and survive in this new world?
Who will find peace?

From London to New York and to Vietnam, the focus shifts from one sister to the next, putting human nature, its flaws and its virtues, under the spotlight.

With elements of a psychological thriller, Rachel Billington observes her characters with clinical detachment, but also with wit and understanding.
Yet there is hope at the heart of this story which will leave the reader wondering long after the final twist is revealed.”

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Melmoth by Sarah Perry

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Melmoth by Sarah Perry

“My dear Dr Prazan

How deeply I regret that I must put this document in your hands, and so make you the witness to what I have done!”

This is the start of a letter. It is quite an interesting way to start a story, and it very much sets the tone for the rest of the book. I am about 60% through and am struggling at times with the style, but the content is good.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters-and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .” 

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Book Lovers by Emily Henry

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Book Lovers by Emily Henry

“When books are your life – or in my case, your job – you get pretty good at guessing where a story is going. The tropes, the archetypes, the common plot twists all start to organise themselves into a catalogue inside your brain, divided by category and genre.”

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books – she’s read them all – and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away – with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again – in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow – what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

I have just started this book and it is good so far. I am enjoying the main character’s narration. I have high hopes for this book as it is all over Instgram at the moment!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

“We sat under the tall limba tree that day, with no idea these were the last days of paradise.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.”

I am a few chapters in and really enjoying it. I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 17 May so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan – #romance #chicklit

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan:

“To say that Ciaran Flynn ruins Lizzy’s first day in Cannes seems a little pathetic, and maybe hyperbolic, and certainly like it gives him a degree of power he does not deserve. But the fact of the matter is, he somewhat ruins her first day in Cannes.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

I have just started reading this and am quite excited by it! I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 13 May so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #romance #chicklit

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin:

“Bella Roussel looked up at the tangerine sky as the sen set into the sea over Hope Island. She could look at that view a thousand times and never get bored. It never failed to make her smile either.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

This is my latest library book. I wanted to choose a seasonal read and this one came up. I am only 7% of the way through, but I am enjoying it!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen – #currentlyreading #whatshouldIreadnext

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen:

“I’m looking the rabbit in the eye when the lights suddenly go out.

With my left hand I squeeze the tube of industrial-strength glue, with my right I hold the screwdriver, and I listen.”

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insurance mathematician’s carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park … with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.

What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.

And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.

But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…

Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 28 April and am really enjoying it so far! The uniqueness of the main character makes the book amusing.

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