Thursday, July 29, 2021

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - July 30th

This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice. If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple.

I'm also joining in Book Beginnings on Friday. It's hosted by Rose City Reader

I'm hoping to read this one soon.  The excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter

If you looked up "New England" you'd probably find a picture of my hometown, Penniman, Connecticut.  Miles of gray stone walls bordering narrow country lanes?  Check.  A covered bridge?  A town green with a war memorial in the center of the emerald swath of grass?  Check and check.

From 56% on my Kindle...

Sprinkles and Rocky sat erect on the back of the sofa, looking out the window with uncanny attention.  A feeling of foreboding kindled as I came up behind them.  "What's so interesting, you two?"

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Justice will be swirled by amateur sleuth Riley Rhodes in the first in Meri Allen's brand-new mystery series!

Riley Rhodes, travel food blogger and librarian at the CIA, makes a bittersweet return to her childhood home of Penniman, Connecticut - land of dairy farms and covered bridges - for a funeral. Despite the circumstances, Riley's trip home is sprinkled with reunions with old friends, visits to her father's cozy bookshop on the town green, and joyful hours behind the counter at the beloved Udderly Delicious Ice Cream Shop. It feels like a time to help her friend Caroline rebuild after her mother's death, and for Riley to do a bit of her own reflecting after a botched undercover mission in Italy. After all, it's always good to be home.

But Caroline and her brother Mike have to decide what to do with the assets they've inherited - the ice cream shop as well as the farm they grew up on - and they've never seen eye to eye. Trouble begins to swirl as Riley is spooked by reports of a stranger camping behind the farm and by the odd behavior of the shop's mascot, Caroline's snooty Persian, Sprinkles. When Mike turns up dead in the barn the morning after the funeral, the peace and quiet of Penniman seems upended for good. Can Riley find the killer before another body gets scooped?
What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. Being a food blogger and librarian at the CIA is honestly a brilliant combination of jobs! I also adore the variety of food/icecream related puns in this blurb, it's so creative. I hope you enjoy this one and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. I love when a book is the first in a series. This one is tempting me...and thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “NOT A HAPPY FAMILY”

  3. It sounds fun, like a cosy mystery that would make me hungry.
    I'm reading a dark fantasy, In The Ravenous Dark by AM Strickland.
    Cora |

  4. This sounds like so much more than what the cover reveals. Good one! Hope you enjoy it!

    Elza Reads

  5. I like the sounds of the setting! Happy weekend!

  6. I love mystery stories and this one sounds like a good one! Happy reading!

  7. I was thinking the ruin was to the diet after eating Rocky Road Ice cream. Ha! My Friday quotes and review

  8. I want to visit her hometown! And have ice cream. Both sound delightful! This looks like a fun read.


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