Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Beginnings: On the Level by David Edgar Cournoyer

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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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.

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