First Lines Friday #3

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

It’s my first First Lines Friday of 2021! In an attempt to get on more of a blogging schedule but not burn myself out at the same time, I’ve decided I’m going to try and post at least three times a week. And, having started doing these posts, they are definitely ones I want to keep.

This week’s post is focused on a mystery that I’m rather excited to read. Let’s see if you can guess which one it is!

The Line(s):

“Mrs. Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-17th September — Thursday. I was sent for at eight o’clock on the morning of Friday the 17th. There was nothing to be done. She had been dead some hours.”

Any Guesses?

Seeming as this is a mystery novel, I thought I would drop my own clues to what it may be.

This was written by one of the most famous mystery authors out there.

It is part of a series featuring a famous detective.

Murder is not only in the book, but in the title.

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Considered to be one of Agatha Christie’s most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing.

The peaceful English village of King’s Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widow Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career.”

I’m reading this book as one of our The Write Reads chat readalongs and I was definitely captured by those first few sentences! So far, I’m flying through our first section and I can’t wait to continue! This is a fun and interesting mystery and the discussion should be much the same, lol.

Have you read this book? Did those first few lines capture your attention? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


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