Oct 17, 2012

Opening Sentences: A Fatal Stain by Elise Hyatt

Opening sentences can give readers a taste of a writer's style and content. Here are the beginning sentences from the cozy mystery, A Fatal Stain :

The first time I tried to run away from home, I was three. I'd packed all my comic books and a bag of cookies in a book bag emblazoned with Remembered Murder, the name of my parents' bookstore in Goldport Colorado, and I had made it all the way down to the bus station, where I realized I didn't have the money for a ticket. I'd sat quietly in a corner bench and eaten my cookies and read my comics until my grandmother noticed I was missing and came to find me.

Title: A Fatal Stain : A Daring Finds Mystery by Elise Hyatt

Published October 2, 2012; Berkley paperback

Book description: Candyce "Dyce" Dare, owner of the furniture refinishing business Daring Finds, finds a disturbing stain on a table that she suspects is blood. Dyce discovers that the table’s previous owner has gone missing—and once more is drawn into a solve-it-yourself mystery project.


  1. Interesting opening. I can just picture her on the bench.

  2. I would totally read this one based on that paragraph alone. It sounds like it has a lot of character. Thanks for sharing a bit with us.

  3. Ha!! I loved that opening sentence. I would so keep reading this one!

  4. Interesting! Enjoy this cozy mystery :)

  5. That paragraph immediately drew me in, I'd read this cozy mystery in a go!


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