Jan 16, 2014

Book Beginnings: Playing With Fire by J.J. Cook

Friday 56 Rules: *Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice.

Also Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader.

page 56:
"What's up?" Stella asked. "You're one of my best people. What happened today?"
Book beginning:
Sweet Pepper Fire Chief Stella Griffin stood in the middle of a field of red, yellow, and green hot pepper plants that looked as if it went on forever. The August sun beat down on her head and made her question why she's worn long jeans, instead of shorts, on this outing.
Book description:

"Welcome to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s home to the hottest and sweetest peppers in the world—as well as at least one ghost and a hotbed of secrets….
GETTING WARMER.  Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn—who also haunts her cabin. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes—and the lawman. Stella’s parents soon arrive—with her ex-boyfriend—hoping to persuade her to return to Chicago. Now Stella is torn between the life she left behind and uncovering what happened to her ghostly friend. "

Title: Playing With Fire by J.J. Cobb
Published January 7, 2014; Berkley
Source: publisher

What do you think of the teaser and the beginning paragraph? Do they make you want to read the book? 


  1. Hi Harvee,

    Whilst I am not sure that this would be a book for me, I love your lines and I am liking the sound of all those coloured peppers in the field ... I love peppers and use them all the time in my cookng.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,


  2. The entire pepper thing is amusing as well as oddly charming. I would keep reading.

  3. I like the description and the 56. I would definitely go on!

    Here is my post

  4. I especially love mysteries set in beautiful places...it somehow makes the reading complete.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY POST

  5. This sounds like a fun mystery. I like the unusual setting, as well as the idea of a female Fire Chief in a profession that's overwhelmingly male.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: BETWEEN LONESOME AND TEXAS.

  6. I think I'd enjoy this book, Harvee. I do like peppers, sweet ones and hot ones! Nice meme combo. :)

  7. I like the beginning lines...thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. I can't help but wonder what is going on.
    Happy weekend!

  9. I like the Dalmatian and the ghost!


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