Thursday, November 9, 2023

Hanging the Devil by Tim Maleeny -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays! 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. You can also share from a book you want to highlight, even if you are not reading it right now.

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TIE IN: Freda at Freda's Voice is taking a break from hosting her weekly blog event, The Friday 56, a natural tie in with this event. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through an e-book or audiobook. Many people, including me, are still posting Friday 56 teasers while Freda takes a break. Please visit her Freda’s Voice blog even if there currently is no place to link your post.

Grace stared at the Buddha, but the Buddha didn't blink.

This art heist caper sounds like a roller coaster of fun. It is set in San Francisco, which I always love because I lived there for a while, and starts when a helicopter crashes into the Asian Art Museum. It is the fifth book in Maleeny's series featuring private detective Cape Weathers. I have a feeling I'm going to want to read the whole series. 

Hanging the Devil launches November 14 (next week) from Poisoned Pen Press. It is available for pre-order. 


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From Hanging the Devil:
He wanted to ask Maria if that was a compliment or an insult, but his mouth was full. He'd ordered a lot of pancakes.
When a helicopter crashes through the skylight of the Asian Art Museum, an audacious heist turns into a tragedy. The only witness to the crash is eleven-year-old Grace, who watches in horror as her uncle is killed and a priceless statue stolen by two men and a--ghost? At least that's how the eerie, smoke-like figure with parchment skin and floating hair appears to Grace. Scared almost to death, she flees into the night and seeks refuge in the back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown.

Grace is found by Sally Mei, self-appointed guardian of Chinatown. While Sally trains Grace in basic survival skills, her erstwhile partner Cape Weathers, private detective and public nuisance, searches for the mysterious crew behind the robbery before they strike the museum a second time. As the clock winds down, Cape enlists aid from some unlikely allies to lay a trap for a ghost who has no intention of being caught--nor of leaving any witnesses alive to tell the tale.


  1. Buddha not blinking back may have been a blessing! Note I am substituting for Friday 56 until Freda returns.

    1. I will come check out your switcheroo. I’m curious.

  2. Wow, that sounds like a really unique set up for an art heist. Have a great weekend!

  3. I like both of those teasers. Especially the 56. Who doesn't love pancakes?

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  5. I love that opening! I love a San Francisco setting, It's one of my favorite cities. And an art heist caper really does sound fun. I hope you are enjoying this one, Gillion! Thank you for hosting!

  6. Great teasers! Enjoy! :)

  7. I really like that opening line about the Buddha, and I giggled a little at having ordered a lot of pancakes! Happy Reading!

  8. Good snippets! I'd read it. And I'd have been a little freaked out if the Buddha blinked. Happy weekend!

  9. great teasers.. and now thinking of what she said that might have been a compliment or insult...
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