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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 26)

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.

This week the opener comes from The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths, the eighth in the Ruth Galloway series.

The Woman in Blue


When Ruth’s friend Cathbad sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, in a white gown and blue cloak, in the graveyard next to the cottage he is house-sitting, he takes it in his stride. Walsingham has strong connections to Mary, and Cathbad is a druid after all; visions come with the job. But when the body of a woman in a blue dressing-gown is found dead the next day in a nearby ditch, it is clear Cathbad’s vision was all too human, and that a horrible crime has been committed. DCI Nelson and his team are called in for the murder investigation, and soon establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated at a nearby private hospital.
Ruth, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham during her seventeen years in Norfolk. But then an old university friend, Hilary Smithson, asks to meet her in the village, and Ruth is amazed to discover that her friend is now a priest. Hilary has been receiving vitriolic anonymous letters targeting women priests – letters containing references to local archaeology and a striking phrase about a woman ‘clad in blue, weeping for the world’.
Then another woman is murdered – a priest.
As Walsingham prepares for its annual Easter re-enactment of the Crucifixion, the race is on to unmask the killer before they strike again… Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


19th February 2014

Cathbad and the cat look at each other. They have been drawing up the battle-lines all day and this is their Waterloo. The cat has the advantage: this is his home and he knows the terrain. But Cathbad has his druidical powers and what he believes is a modest gift with animals, a legacy from his Irish mother who used to talk to seagulls (and receive messages back.)

DCI Harry Nelson hears the news as he is driving to work. ‘Woman’s body found in a ditch outside Walsingham. SCU request attend.’ As he does a handbrake turn in the road, he is conscious of a range of conflicting emotions He’s sorry that someone is dead, of course he is, but he can’t help feeling something else, a slight frisson of excitement, and a relief that he’s been spared that morning’s meeting with Superintendent Gerald Whitcliffe and their discussion of the previous month’s targets.

Please note these excerpts come from a proof copy

So what do you think? Do you want to know more?

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

45 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 26)

  1. I really like this series, Cleo, so I must say I don’t need much convincing… 😉 . I hope you’ll like it, too, and I’ll be keen to see what you think of it.


  2. Absolutely one of my favorite mystery series ever!!! And I love the first line – Cathbad and a cat. I can see it. I just love all the characters and am always so happy to see a new Ruth, Cathbad, Nelson, Kate…..etc… Thanks for sharing this!!


  3. I haven’t read any of the Ruth Galloway series, yet I feel I must. Knowing the kind of crime fiction that I enjoy, do you think I should give the first novel a try? Thanks in advance!


  4. This is a series I am not familiar with either. But I like the tone of this current one. I will have to check out the first in the series, I’m weird like that.


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