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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 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 opener this week comes from my favourite crime series, probably of all time, and features Brighton based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (and his lovely lady, Cleo!) Love You Dead by Peter James is the twelfth book in the series.

Love You Dead


An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Tuesday 10 February

The two lovers peered out of the hotel bedroom window, smiling with glee, but each for a very different reason.
The heavy snowfall that had been forecast for almost a week had finally arrived overnight, and fat, thick flakes of the white stuff were still tumbling down this morning. A few cars, chains clanking, slithered up the narrow mountain road, and others, parked outside the hotels, were now large white mounds.

This extract comes from a proof copy. Love You Dead will be published on 19 May 2016
Do you want to know more about a Black Widow who makes a grand entrance in the snow? Would you keep reading?

Please leave your thoughts and links in the comments box below!


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

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

    1. He is worth checking out – according to the fact sheet I received with this one states that this series has sold over seventeen million copies world-wide – that’s more books than I have on my TBR!!


  1. This was interesting for me because the opening paragraph doesn’t really grip me as much as some of the other books you’ve had in this slot but then with 17 million copies sold across the top of the book James doesn’t have to grab you that quickly. He’s earned a slower steadier opening!


  2. I like the Roy Grace character, too, Cleo. And I think James does a solid job of creating solid plot strands and weaving them together. I’m very glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did.


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