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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 8)

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 opening comes from The Insanity of Murder by Felicity Young the fourth in the Dody McCleland series.

The Insanity of Murder


To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough. But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided. Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case?
Dody and Pike’s investigations lead them to a women’s rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner. Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge – and before Florence becomes the rest home’s next victim. NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter One

The Necropolis Railway, railway of the dead. Surely, Florence McCleland thought there was no better place to plant a bomb.
Daphne glanced at the words above the well-lit station arch and snorted ‘Why they need a sign up there, Lord knows. One can smell it for here.’
Was her co-conspirator teasing? Florence inhaled. All she could smell was the usual aroma of the London streets:lingering motorcar exhausts, horse dung, soot, and the pungency of blocked drains from a nearby public convenience. Now an image of malodorous corpses filled her mind, stacked in layers, waiting patiently for their final journey to the country cemetery.

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This opening paragraph had me finding out more about the Necropolis Railway which ran from Waterloo to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. Opened in 1854 the railway was used to move as many burials as possible away from the severely overcrowded London cemeteries.

Do you want to know more? Or perhaps you’ve already read this book?
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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

33 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 8)

  1. Oh, I think you’re going to like this one, Cleo. I know I’m biased, but I do like this series, and the setting. And of course I like the Dody McCleland character very much, too.


  2. Uh, oh – looks like another new mystery series for me to add to my ever growing list.

    Mine this week is a series mystery also. Set in New Orleans in the 1830s, a few years earlier than yours. Graveyard Dust, Barbara Hambly’s third Benjamin January mystery:


  3. I had to take a sniff and make sure……The descriptions are very vivid. I thought of Charles Dickens for some reason. I like it. Would read of read more of this one.


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