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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 31)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My post this week is from Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann which was published on 26 March 2015 by Pan Mcmillan.

The Ladies of the house


On a hot July day, three elderly people are found dead in a dilapidated house in Primrose Hill. Reading the story in a newspaper as she prepares to leave the country, Marie Gillies has an unshakable feeling that she is somehow to blame. How did these three people come to live together, and how did they all die at once? The truth lies in a very different England, and in the secret world of the ladies of the house… NetGalley

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

It was a minor item in the newspaper, her last English newspaper, or the last one she would read on English soil. Just the kind of headline to draw her eye: Three Found Dead in North London, and then their names. Police were alerted after a woman collapsed outside her home in Primrose Hill and was found dead at the scene, despite all efforts to revive her. Two more bodies were found inside the house. Neighbours say there were no suspicious circumstances to report, except that they were all dead, all at once. Given the recent high temperatures around the country – such a dry, hot July, the barley blackened, the corn stunted, hens not laying right – early discovery of their bodies was a relief, for the smell of lingering death was not sweet, not a fairy-tale ending. ‘Unfortunately there was nothing to be done,’ said a police spokesman. Other heat-related fatalities had been reported and the hospitals were said to be overflowing.

Please note the quote is from a proof copy

Do you want to know more? Would you keep reading?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

35 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 31)

  1. Hi Cleo,

    Just taking the synopsis as written and that brilliant first paragraph, this would be a definite ‘keeper’ for me. It was only when I checked out a slightly extended synopsis and had this book described as a ‘tragicomic’ novel, I then became more unsure about it as one for me.

    I might just wait to see what you think about the book when you have read it, although to be fair, it has attracted some excellent ratings and reviews to date.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week.



    1. Thank you Yvonne, this book is very different to my usual type of read and I’m unsure where the ‘tragicomic’ description came from – I’ve very nearly finished and that’s not how I’ve read it! As always I will be reviewing shortly and that will hopefully let you see if this is one for you or not.


  2. Oh wow, this sounds like a very interesting read! I sort of need more information though because why would she think it’s her fault potentially? So many questions but it does sound interesting! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  3. OK, let’s talk about that cover. Really. I remember those kinds of hose/stockings – with a garter belt. How does that relate to the teaser and blurb? Those would be my questions. And thank goodness, we no longer have to wear those kinds of hose or pantyhose or hose of any kind anymore. LOL


  4. How intriguing! I would definitely keep reading. The first paragraph has me curious and the blurb even more so.


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