Thursday, March 25, 2021

Windhall by Ava Barry, New Literary Thriller from Pegasus Books -- BOOK BEGINNINGS

 book cover of Windhall by Ava Barry


My 13th Blogiversary was this week! I celebrated with a "13 Things About My & My Blog" post last Saturday, which you can find here if you want to read it.

One of my favorite blog things has been hosting Book Beginnings on Fridays. BBOF didn't start here on Rose City Reader, but it started almost at the same time and had its seeds here. A blog no longer with us called Page Turners started BBOF and kindly gave inspiration credit to "Opening Sentences" posts I used to do here on Rose City Reader. Page Turners passed the torch to another blog, also no longer with us, called A Few More Pages, who hosted from October 2010 through February 2012. I took over in March 2012 and have hosted ever since

Book beginnings on Fridays is a place for bloggers and readers to share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they are enjoying this week. Please post the link to your BBOF blog post in the Linky box below. If you participate on social media, like Facebook or Instagram, great! Post the link to your social media post in the Linky box. 

You can always play along without another platform. Just leave a comment with the opening sentence, name of your book, and author's name. 


Windhall by Ava Barry is new this month from Pegasus Books
I dreamed of that night a hundred times. The gates of Windhall thrown open to greet a procession of ghostly cars, dazzling apparitions gliding up the drive.
This "literary thriller" finds investigative journalist Max Hailey trying to solve the cold case murder of a Hollywood starlet in the 1940s. Hailey is convinced that a famous movie director was framed for killing his leading lady. A modern-day copy cat killer gives Hailey the chance to re-open the old case and poke around the director's decrepit mansion, Windhall.

I love the cover, the premise, and the opening sentence. What do you think? Would you keep reading?


Please link to your Book Beginnings post. If you post or share on SM, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings (with an S).

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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.


From Windhall:
"I'll be out of here in two seconds," I whispered. "Just buy me another minute, if you can."


  1. Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Happy Blogiversary!

    The book looks really good and I love the cover. Have a great weekend!

  3. Yes, I'd read on. The opening sentence really sets the scene.

  4. Happy Blogiversary!

    Thanks also for picking up the baton of 'Book Beginnings On Friday' and for continuing to be a gracious host, this is one of my favourite memes!

    I do enjoy these 'Golden Age' mysteries, even though this one has the dual aspect, modern day touch to it. The cover is also very striking.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)

  5. I love that opening sentence! Windhall has a Black Dahlia vibe and is very intriguing.

  6. Happy blogiversary! 13 years is quite amazing.

    I absolutely LOVE the opening line you chose this week, too! Oh my gosh, I need to check this book out!

  7. Happy blogoversary! I enjoyed reading about the history of the meme--I've only ever participated since you've been the host.

    Your featured book sounds fantastic--I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Thank you for participating for as long as you have! You are one reason it is so fun for me!

  8. My meme came from another host as well. Miz B hosted The Friday 56 for 5 years before I took over, well, was actually voted to take it over. It's nice to know someone entrusted us with their memes and we kept it going all of these years, even longer than they have! :-)

    1. It is nice that the memes carry on even when the original hosts want to pass the torch!

  9. Happy blogversary and thank you for hosting this meme. Have a good week. My selection this week is called Dragon Hoops

  10. Windhall does look like something I'd enjoy. I seem to gravitate towards books set in Hollywood/Los Angeles.

    I echo others in thanking you for continuing to host this meme. I don't always get to participate, but always appreciate it when I do.

  11. I'd read on. Suspenseful.


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