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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 5)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who 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.

Fiona Cummins has a new book out, it’s due to be published at the beginning of April and since so far I’ve not got around to reading this feted author’s first two books, I was determined not to miss out in 2019.





FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .

And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.

On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, they’d got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortune. The neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit. But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exception.

After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton’s life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer – quickly.

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Every killing has a taste of its own. I expect you didn’t know that. Young women are sweetened with hope, less astringent than their older selves, who reek of experience, bitter as sorrel leaves.

The boys – yes, they remain boys until they have earned the right to be called me – are seasoned with bravado, but lack piquancy. As life ebbs away from them, they taste of metal and shyness and tears.


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Well  I think when you take away the killing part of that sentence, it makes a lot of sense so I’m sure it would with a murder too. What do you think?

 Would you keep reading?


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

10 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 5)

  1. Well, I’m not sure… It sounds like the first person narrator will be a killer. I don’t mind, nasty narrators, lately I prefer more uplifting novels. I think I’ve read too many thrillers!

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  2. It certainly sounds awfully creepy, Cleo! And the setting seems to add to the atmosphere, too. I don’t usually go for the ‘serial killer’ motif, but when it’s done well, it can work. I’ll be interested in what you think of this one.

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  3. Definitely creepy…something about those first words and comparing human ‘tastes’ – oooh! I’m reading a book about eating right now so that may be coloring my thoughts. LOL

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