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First Line Friday – Mar 22, 2019

It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for another First Line Friday! Each week, I pluck a book from my shelf and share the first line or so. They might be quotes from my TBR pile or an old favorite or even a book I’m not particularly fond of.

This week’s selection comes from my most recent read.

The third time Shelby Cox hit her head on the low-hanging gargoyle that morning, she was sure the entire castle could hear her yell. Fortunately, it wasn’t yet open to the public.”

Sometimes an opening line hooks me so successfully that I end up reading multiple chapters before I even realize what’s happening. The main character gets to work in a castle with gargoyles? This book had me hook, line, and sinker.

But Shelby doesn’t just work in a castle. No, no! She works in a bookshop in a castle … that also happens to be on an island. I think I’ve found my dream home.

I don’t want to give too much away because my full review will be up tomorrow. However, I just had to share this awesome first line.

And if anyone knows of any remote castle bookshops for sale, let me know.

Title: Trouble on the Books
Essie Lang
Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: 
March 13, 2019
Cozy Mystery

Lang’s Twitter | Publisher’s Page | Goodreads

7 responses to “First Line Friday – Mar 22, 2019”

  1. Ooh there’s so much going on with that line, I love it! And do castle bookstores actually exist? I need to add that to my bucket list. 😀

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    1. I haven’t come across one yet, but surely there’s one out there! Somewhere…

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  2. I wouldn’t tell you if I did know of one, because I want it first! LOL!!!! Seriously, we were in KY of all places, and there is a Catholic church there covered – and I do mean covered – in gargoyles. The family thought I lost my mind because I jumped from the car and started running around to see all of their faces!!! OMG – I LOVE gargoyles!!! Hmmm… I wonder if I could get away with putting one on my house. 😉 This one sounds delightful Christopher – enjoy!

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    1. Ha! I’ll split it with you? Gargoyles are just so … enchanting. I mean, what a dramatic statement. I would have been right there with you, checking them all out! And your house would look great with one perched atop it!


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  4. We had a gargoyle as a garden decoration—its name was Igor.😉

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