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.