Thursday, September 17, 2020

Mordecai's Ashes (Larsson Investigations Book 1) by Arlana Crane - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Another week, another Book Beginnings on Fridays! 

And here in Oregon, it looks like another disaster on the horizon as we brace for flash floods when the rain starts tonight. We've jumped from pandemic to riots to forest fires to flooding in a matter of weeks. Maybe locusts will come next!

I learned a new term recently -- doom scrolling. It's when you scroll through grim headlines on your phone. I confess I've been guilty of it lately and I need to stop. I plan to spend the weekend doing nothing but happy things. Starting with Book Beginnings!

Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you want to highlight this week. Leave a link to your post below. If you share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag.


My Book Beginning is from a new book in a mystery series set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Mordecai's Ashes is the first book in Arlana Crane's new Larsson Investigations series.

It starts:

Karl's phone was buzzing somewhere in the bed, shaking him out of a deep sleep.

I suppose the story could go anywhere from there. And it sounds like it will go somewhere exciting.


Karl Larsson is an out of work roughneck, home from the oil fields of Alberta and back on the west coast for the first time in years. His wife has left him and his future looks bleak. Becoming a detective is the last thing on his mind, but when Karl learns that he has inherited his estranged grandfather’s agency he decides to take a chance. 



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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


They sat in the driveway across the road and a block away from Ogelvie's place, the truck partially screened by large azalea bushes only starting to bud but already leafy enough that no one was likely to spot the two of them sitting inside. They had watched the owner of the house drive away before selecting this driveway to park in, and Karl counted on being able to stay in the spot most of the day without disturbance.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    I am pleased that so far you have managed to stay safe and well through everything you have had thrown at you. I do hope that the rain, welcome though it will be, is not as bad as everyone is anticipating.

    'Mordecai's Ashes' sounded really god from the extracts you shared, and when I dug a little deeper, I see that all the early reviews and ratings have been excellent for this debut novel. It is definitely heading for my list!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting. Have a peaceful weekend :)

    Yvonne xx

  2. A new detective series sounds exciting! I hope you like it and that it diverts you for awhile from crisis mode. I'm going to read folklore about cats: "Nine Lives: The Folklore of Cats" by Katharine Briggs.

  3. The weather has been something else this year. Stay safe!

    Also Mordecai's Ashes looks pretty interesting. I like the quotes.

  4. The book looks great and I love the cover.

    Take care and stay safe!

  5. Doom Scrolling. What a term, but how accurate. My husband does that a bit. I don't. I get it second hand from him in any case.
    It appears as the weather is worse than a toddler with terrible 2's there with you. Prayers and thoughts for your safety.

    Love the book that you shared. I'll read that for sure.

    Happy weekend and here's my Weekend Book Friends #9

  6. Lovely imagery in that 56! Happy weekend!


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