Thursday, February 20, 2020

First Line Friday #95

First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week.


"Before its notoriety, the house presented an impeccable and genteel face to the city."

There is something endearing about those wacky Victorians and their love of lurid tales involving immorality and murder.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading,


  1. Replies
    1. Their obsession with murder - and poison in particular - is endlessly fascinating to me.

  2. "What incredible luck. The waitress had just unknowingly placed the most amazing water glass on our table. Half way up the glass was a crack about two centimeters long. This was one of those fantastic cracks where neither end intersected a surface. These are stable and, if left alone, will simply hibernate."

    Why Things Break - Understanding the World By the Way it Comes Apart by Mark E Eberhart.

  3. My first lines are from Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill
    Thirty Seconds. If they were still arguing, she’d call the cops then. Let the professionals deal with them.

  4. Happy Friday! Today, I'm sharing the first line from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green: "Meg's father was gone. Again."

  5. Happy Friday! On my blog I'm sharing the first line from a Mary Connealy book, Woman of Sunlight. Here's the next line:

    "Her face was peppered with half-healed blisters left from having chicken pox, but she resisted the urge to slap her hands over her scabby cheeks."

  6. Happy Saturday! 😊
    Yesterday I shared the first few lines from Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters by Aspen Hadley. I'm just starting chapter 10, so I'll share a line from there.
    "Sunday night I was lounging in the comfy over-stuffed chair in the corner of my room, flipping through an old copy of Pride and Prejudice that I'd read a few times."
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. ❤📖

  7. Happy Saturday! This sounds like a fun read, and I'm going to have to look it up on goodreads. :)

    This week I'm sharing the first line from Jenny B Jones' So Over My Head:

    "If my love life were the knife toss at a circus, I'd have Luke Sullivan speared to the wall with an apple in his mouth."

    Have a great rest of your weekend!

    1. It was really interesting, that's for sure. If you get around to reading it I would love to know what you think!

  8. Happy Weekend! My first line is from "The Fifth Avenue Story Society" by Rachel Hauck:

    "Well this was a fine mess."

  9. Your book sounds good. My first line is from William Gibson's first book, Neuromancer: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." The book was published in 1984 and it is funny to think about how we had dead TV channels only that long ago.

    1. One of *THE* best opening lines.... EVER. [lol] I think that book essentially changed my life [grin]

    2. Judy - It was a super interesting read, though I am partial to the Victorians when they are suspected of murder. Otherwise the period does not have any pull for me. I've never read the book your line is from, and yes, it is weird to think of dead channels now. Now, there are far too many!

    3. CK - If it is life-changing, then I think I have to read it at some point!


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