Jan 20, 2015

First Chapter: Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted weekly by Bibliophile by the Sea. Share the first paragraph of your current read.

My current read is a book from the library by an historical mystery novelist whose books I've enjoyed before.This one doesn't disappoint either.

Published December 2, 2014 by Soho Crime.

First paragraph:
England, April 1933 
"Gingerbread? You're sure it was gingerbread she asked for, Gracie?" 
The odd request was the very last thing a housekeeper wanted to hear at this moment. Mrs. Bolton stood in the center of the heaving kitchen overseeing her troops with a discipline firm enough to have impressed the Duke of Wellington himself. But, ever alert, the Iron Duke would, like her, have had his attention snagged by an unexpected detail. 
Book descriptionOne morning before dawn in the stables of her country estate, Lady Truelove meets a violent death in an encounter with a dangerous horse. Classified as “death by misadventure,” this appears a gruesome accident. But Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands suspects foul play

Would you continue reading?


  1. I like the writing in the opening. The plot also seems interesting enough so I think that I would keep reading.

  2. Whenever I bake or cook something complicated I also run the kitchen like a general, so I really like the beginning! I'm not a huge gingerbread fan myself but I am all for odd food requests! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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  3. I enjoyed the opening and the plot seems intriguing... although I am not too sure whether I would continue reading or not... Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Everyone always has good things to say about her books. I like the setting and time period.

  5. I like the intro and this sounds like it might be a very good story. enjoy

  6. I am always up for a mystery...love the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. I'm not sure, but I'd read a little more just to see where this is going.
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  8. I love the cover of this one - it's a gorgeous horse silhouette! I'd keep reading for a bit...

    1. I gave this one a five for an historical mystery.

  9. I do love me some gingerbread... lol

  10. England in the 1930's again and a mystery which I love - definitely would keep on reading.

  11. It must be the week for historical mysteries. :-) I like the sound of this one and would definitely keep reading.

  12. I'm intrigued by the cover alone!

  13. Harvee, thank you for sharing the opening of this book. It sounds like a very good one!

  14. I do love good mysteries set in England. I need to expand beyond Agatha Christie. Based on the opening paragraph, I'd like to give this one a try.


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