First Lines Friday – February 26th 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This book is next on my To Be Read List, kindly sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am hopefully starting it this weekend:

The call was logged at 16.43 on Monday 27 January. The body of Lord Christopher Penrith had been discovered at his Chelsea home.

Later, listening to the tape, several people commented that the caller seemed unnaturally calm. It made some suspicious, but the explanation was simply that Mr Charles Simmons had been a gentleman’s gentleman for decades and a true gentleman’s gentleman is never agitated.


And the book is…

* A peer of the realm dead in his study, his body drained of blood *

* A tango club where the Undead and the living dance together *

* A 500 year old policeman *

Are some crimes best left unsolved?


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