Apr 21, 2015

First Chapter: Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

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Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson
To be published May 5, 2015; Berkley
Genre: mystery

First paragraph, first chapter:
"Charles Oakes is dead."
Sarah looked up at her mother in surprise. They were sitting at her kitchen table, and Sarah had spent the last half hour bringing her mother up to date on the arrangements she and her fiance, Frank Malloy, had decided upon for their wedding and their future life. She hadn't expected to hear about a death. "Is Charles the son? The one who was a few years older than I?"
"Sadly, yes."
Book description:
Midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of nineteenth-century New York City… Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles’s death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger…

So, would you read on? 

29 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do like the opening lines...and this one looks like a great cozy mystery. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE GUEST COTTAGE”

Harvee said...

I like that it's set in the 19th century too, Laurel-Rain!

Beth F said...

As said elsewhere today, I like a good cozy and the setting and time period of this sound great.

Harvee said...

That's another good appeal for me - the historical aspect, Beth .

Kay said...

Oh, yes. I know this is a series that I've meant to read and it has been around for quite a while. I'd keep reading. :-)

Harvee said...

I may not have read the others, Kay, but I will enjoy this one!

Vicki said...

I'd probably want to keep reading. I have never read a cozy about a midwife.

Harvee said...

Good point, Vicki. Neither have I.

Anonymous said...

I actually read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Then I won a copy of a book much later in the series that I don't want to open because of spoilers in case I go back and read the whole series in order. Glad you enjoyed it and it reminded me to try this author out again.

Margot said...

A midwife and a detective sounds like a good pairing. I also like the time period. I'm interested in this one.

Harvee said...

I haven't read others in the series, but I'm willing to start with this one, Margot.

Harvee said...

I assume that each book, even in a series, can be read as a stand-alone work. Too many novels to read to catch up, so I'll start with this one, Rita.

Katherine P said...

I have several books from this series on my shelf but for some reason have yet to read any of them. Sounds like a good one!

Harvee said...

Nice that you have books in the series. If you ever do read them, let us know what you think!

fredamans said...

Highly suspenseful teaser!

Suko said...

I'd read more of this cozy! The first paragraph draws my interest.

Harvee said...

Am hoping its so all the way through, Freda.

Harvee said...

It does start off with a bang, Suko!

Nise' said...

I would keep reading. Enjoy.

Yvonne said...

I would definitely keep reading. I've been wanting to start this series for a long time.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I would keep reading as well. I like it.

Harvee said...

I'll have to start it soon!

Harvee said...

Hope you let us know how you like it once you start, Yvonne.

Harvee said...

Great opening paragraph. It catches a lot of readers.

Cleopatra Loves Books said...

This is an opening that is right within its genre - I do like a good cosy mystery. Here is my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/first-chapter-first-paragraph-april-21/

Brian Joseph said...

I must admit that I like a book to begin a slightly slower pace. I would prefer that the main premise of a book not be thrown out so fast.

With that, it might be an interesting book.

Harvee said...

The opening line made me want to know who he was, though I agree with you Brian, in general about first paragraphs.

Literary Feline said...

I would keep reading. I like the author's writing style and am already interested in where the story will go next.

Harvee said...

Glad it grabbed your interest!

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