Friday is book excerpts day on two blogs:
Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.
The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
I’ve just started to read Wycliffe and the Tangled Web by W. J. Burley. It begins:
The fair girl looked out of place in a doctor’s waiting room: she seemed to glow with health.
From page 56:
‘Alice has just come down from the village; she says the police are questioning Ralph Martin again; they’ve got him in their van on the quay.
After reading a few long books I fancied something shorter – this book has just 191 pages. It’s set in Cornwall where Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is investigating the case of a schoolgirl who went missing on the day that she told her boyfriend and sister she was pregnant. As he digs deeper Wycliffe finds a web of hatred and resentment – a web he will have to untangle.
It promises to be both easy reading and a satisfying mystery. I’ve read a few of Burley’s Wycliffe books and enjoyed them.
11 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Book Beginnings & The Friday 56”
I think Wycliffe is just the ticket when you want something easier to read. I do too as I’m going to busy for the next week, so will probably plump for one of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books which I have on my library pile.
Sounds like fun!
I’m always looking for a new mystery and author. Sounds like a fun one. I hope the girl is alright. Doesn’t sound like a promising scenario.
My Friday 56
Sounds like an interesting mystery. I hope you enjoy it. I am spotlighting Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks – the latest in an urban fantasy series I like. Happy reading!
I think I’ve only read one of the Wycliffe books though I used to enjoy the TV series. Wycliffe is such an old misery though – I always wanted to tell him to cheer up, for goodness sake! 😉
I have yet to read anything by Wycliffe but I have heard good things. Happy Friday!
This one sounds really good! Please check out mine … http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsTATK
I haven’t read this author or this book before but I love a good mystery – especially a missing person’s case. I’m definitely intrigued by the teasers and the blurb and will have to look for this one.
Interesting, I will have to look this one up. I like mysteries.
The beginning makes me think she is pregnant. 🙂 Delightful!
Happy Easter weekend!
The Wycliffe series is an enjoyable one, Margaret, and one that I haven’t paid enough attention to, lately. I should definitely return to it, so thanks for the nudge.
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