Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
(Hybrid tea, coral and salmon, sweetly scented, excellent in the garden, susceptible to blackspot.)
Mrs Florence Aldermann was distressed by the evidence of neglect all around her.
These are the rules:
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
- Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
- Post it.
- Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.
‘Tell me, Mrs Aldermann, is there anyone you can think of who might have wanted to do you a bad turn?’
Blurb – from the back cover of my tatty secondhand copy:
Life was a bed of roses for Patrick Aldermann when his Great Aunt Florence collapsed into her Madame Louis Laperrières and he inherited Rosemont House with its splendid gardens.
But when his boss, ‘Dandy’ Dick Elgood, suggested to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann was a murderer – then retracted the accusation – the Inspector was left with a thorny problem.
By then Police Cadet Singh, Mid-Yorkshire’s first Asian copper had dug up some very interesting information about Patrick’s elegant wife, Daphne.
Superintendent Dalziel, meanwhile, was attempting to relive the days of the Empire with Singh as his tea-wallah.
Have you read this book? What did you think?