Friday, March 10, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays/The Friday 56 - March 10th

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 enjoying this cozy mystery this week.  Excerpts are from the E-ARC.

First Chapter

"I can't imagine why anyone would want to dress up in a hot costume, ride through the woods on horseback, and shoot at moving targets between the trees," Marla told her husband while on their way to a battle reenactment.  She supposed as a history lesson, it would bring home the point that war wasn't a game.

From 56% on my e-reader...

Someone is murdering people from the village.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hairstylist Marla Vail and her husband get tangled up in murder when their Fourth of July visit to a living history village ends with a bang—and a body.

Salon owner Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are having a blast visiting a Florida living history village over Fourth of July weekend. But when a Seminole battle reenactment turns up a real dead body, it sets off fireworks among the villagers. One of the cast members has gone off script to murder the town marshal with a tomahawk.

As Dalton gets involved in the investigation, Marla determines to help him solve the case. Her flare for uncovering secrets reveals that everyone in the village is a suspect. Instead of celebrating the holiday with red, white, and barbecues, she discovers secrets, lies, and false avenues. Did the marshal’s murder have anything to do with a lost Confederate payroll, or did his plans to renovate the park light a fuse that he couldn’t snuff out?

In a place where history comes alive, the dead bodies are piling up. Marla would rather be chilling and grilling, but somebody’s mind is on killing. If she’s not careful, her sleuthing might blow up in her face like a faulty firecracker and she’ll become the next victim. Recipes Included!

What do you think?  What are you sharing today?


  1. My husband's cousin participated in Civil War reenactments. Now I think that many are rethinking the support for them since many fighting for the "confederacy" might do it because they are racist. I doubt murder, real murder was ever the issue.

  2. The Friday 56 quote is an attention getter, isn't it?

  3. I like the beginning. Have a great weekend!

  4. Looks like a good one for the summer season!

  5. A group of people who like to reenact history---that's an interesting setting for a story.

  6. Very intriguing 56!!! Happy weekend!

  7. Looks fun! I rarely read holiday books, with the exception of Christmas. I really need to change that! Have a great weekend!

  8. I think a battle reenactment is such a fun setting for a mystery! So many possibilities. I've read a few books from this series and enjoyed them.


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