Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Beginning: The Innocents by Ace Atkins


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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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Lillie Virgil stood high on a north Mississippi hill at daybreak listening to old Ruthie Holder talk about the man who'd run off with her grandson's Kawasaki four-wheeler and her brand-new twelve-gauge Browning.

-- The Innocents by Ace Atkins. This is the latest in Atkins's new-to-me Quinn Colson series, set in the fictional Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Lillie Virgil is the acting sheriff and Colson's boss -- a nice twist.


  1. Great beginning! Pulls you right into the story!

  2. Sounds very tempting! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very curious. It sounds like a good beginning to an interesting book.

  4. Freda is right. That beginning pulls you in immediately. Love that. Enjoy your weekend and your reading.

  5. I've been meaning to try this series!

  6. Hi Gilion,

    I have quite a few books in my TBR pile, which have their setting, deep in the US south. As this series is already so well entrenched and its author appears to add titles at a great rate of knots, I don't think this is one for me. Although I may head back to the beginning of the series and check out these chracters in their first adventure.

    Those opening lines certainly do set a scene though, so thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend :)


  7. Almost intriguing enough to leave my world of Children's and YA literature to read a book for grown-ups!

  8. not sure yet, I need a bit more. but anyway, glad to be back here, and with an awesome book! Emma

  9. Sounds like a fun series and one I would like to read.

  10. I hope you enjoy the read.

    Sounds good.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  11. This sounds good! I haven't read this author but I love books set in areas where I'm familiar and I'm curious about this one.


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