Thursday, November 24, 2016

Book Beginning: Secondhand Smoke by M. Louis


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.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening (Happy Thanksgiving!) for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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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.



He thinks he's safe. But he's not.

Secondhand Smoke by M. Louis. This is the second in a mystery series featuring Portland PI Jake Brand.

Jake is solidly in the tradition of Philip Marlowe or Lou Archer -- but don't let his wise cracking, self-deprecating ways fool you. I think he's going to catch the bad guys, even if he doesn't end up with the girl -- yet.


  1. Good beginning sentence. A real grabber! I'd HAVE to keep reading.
    Thanks for hosting Book Beginnings.

  2. Well that's one way to ramp the tensioo back up! I finally have wifi so I've rejoined the blogging community after a 2 motn hiatus :D And o course BB is the first thing I do! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. Of course, he eventually gets the girl too? I like the opening line.

  4. I'll have to add this series to my list - have never read anything by this author and I love mysteries, thrillers and PI books:)

  5. Definitely an attention-grabbing first sentence!

  6. Hi Gilion,

    Of course that single line would have me hooked and needing to read on, although I'm not sure if this style of writing is just a little too 'tongue in cheek' for me, the synopsis reminds me very much of a Harlen Coben style story.

    For you, this is a local author though and if you are anything like me, I always try to support local if possible. I am also wondering if the stories work as stand alones, or if they really need to be read in sequence, so I may go back and check out the first story.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting and I hope that you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving day :)


  7. I put the wrong link in. Here is the correct one: It is also correct on The Friday 56

  8. A very tempting beginning. Thanks for sharing...and for hosting.

  9. I haven't heard of this author. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  10. The author has an intriguing voice. Sets up the conflict nicely.

  11. That's a curious beginning. Hope you enjoy this one.

  12. This book sounds very good.

    I have an audio excerpt of it, and a giveaway on my blog scheduled for November 29.

    Stop by if you like.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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