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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 17)

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 this week comes from The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood

The Killing of Polly Carter


When famous supermodel Polly Carter is found dead at the bottom of a cliff all signs point to suicide, but as the evidence continues to mount DI Richard Poole declares it to be a murder. Now, with a houseful of suspects Richard has to narrow the field and discover who the murderer is before it’s too late. At the same time his mother is arriving from England and throwing his whole perfectly ordered life into turmoil. Not only does she want to be involved in island life, but all signs are beginning to point to not all being right in Richard’s own family…something he cannot help but attempt to fix.NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Detective Inspector Richard Poole sat on the verandah of his beachside shack looking up at the cloudless Caribbean sky in inarticulate outrage.

A passing parrot had just crapped in his cup of tea. It didn’t seem possible, but Richard had watched the little bugger fly in over the sea and defecate in mid-air, the little ball of released guano flying in a perfect parabola only to land in his English Breakfast Tea with an accuracy, Richard realised, that Barnes Wallis could only have dreamed of.

Chapter 1

Richard Poole’s dark secret was that his mother Jennifer was about to arrive on the island. Why on earth she’d chosen to visit on her own, Richard had no idea, but he also had no idea how he was going to get through two wees of keeping her company, and that seemed the more pressing problem.

Please note that these excerpts are taken from a proof copy

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

26 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 17)

  1. Oh, this sounds great, Cleo! I do like a good police procedural, and the setting sounds fantastic. Looking forward to your review of this.


  2. Is this based on (i.e. written after) the TV series ‘Death in Paradise’? They were very Agatha-Christie light, with a spectacular setting and gentle humour, weren’t they/


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