Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Beginnings: On the Level by David Edgar Cournoyer

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Joe Simpson's last minutes were filled with ocean breezes, the call of herring gulls, and the smell of newly mowed grass. A younger man might have survived the two-story fall but Joe hit the ground like a crab dropped on the rocks.

-- On the Level: A Mystery of Suspense, Romance, and Home Improvement by David Edgar Cournoyer. Great beginning! The twist from a peaceful passage -- Oh, what a pleasant way to go -- to the shocking abruptness of a crab smashing on rocks pulled me straight into the story. I must know more.

The author sent me this at the suggestion of Carolyn J. Rose because I am in the middle of remodeling the kitchen in our 100-year-old house. This mystery (as the clever title suggests) involves restoring an old house -- a Queen Anne on Long Island Sound.


  1. It sounds really good!

    Here's my post, also featuring a mystery full of suspense.

  2. I like the idea of home improvement as a novel theme! This one sounds like a fun read! Have a great weekend!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  3. I'd love to die by the sea, even though I'd rather not be dropped onto rocks, that sounds too painful! Sounds like a good read though! Thanks for sharing and hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Oh, I love the sound of this one...and great cover, too.

  5. I'm hooked too. We completely restored a house in our younger days; wonderful together time. And we both love the ocean. Add in a mystery and you know I'm going to read this one.

  6. Intriguing start to the novel! Thanks for sharing this =)

    My Friday Book Memes

  7. Sounds quite good! That is certainly an interesting combination of images to open the book with. Thanks for being such a wonderful host and have a great week!

  8. Oooh I like it! Sounds very interesting. Thanks for hosting this. We wanted to join in the fun and hope we can help spread the word to more people!

    I post for both myself and my blog SnifferWalk as well as for Harlie and I at Harlie's Books. Come by and see us!

  9. Nice opener. I can almost hear the crunch as he lands!

  10. Nothing like killing off your main character at the start to get one's interest piqued!

  11. Oh, yikes! I'm guessing that since it's a mystery that he was pushed....

    Here's my Friday Post.


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