First Lines Friday #35

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

It’s time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’ve picked a classic that I’ve just started reading as part of a buddy read. So far, I’m quite enjoying it, which is unsurprising as it’s part of a series of novels featuring one of my favorite characters. I went into this expecting to enjoy it at least a little bit.

But let’s see if the first few lines can pull you in and make you want to read it, as well!


The Line(s):

“Linnet Ridgeway!”

“That’s her!” said Mr. Burnaby, the landlord of the Three Crowns.

He nudged his companion.

The two men stared with round bucolic eyes and slightly open mouths.

A big scarlet Rolls-Royce had just stopped in front of the local post office.

A girl jumped out, a girl without a hat and wearing a frock that looked (but only looked) simple. A girl with golden hair and straight autocratic features – a girl with a lovely shape – a girl such as was seldom seen in Malton-under-Wode.


The Hints:

This is a classic mystery novel that is part of a series.

There is a new movie based on this book that just came out.

It features one of my favorite fictional detectives.


The Reveal:

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