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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Mini Reviews: Agatha Christie Edition

Hello, reader!

In an attempt to catch up on my vast backlog, I’ve decided to start doing more mini reviews. Especially for books that I’ve enjoyed but didn’t necessarily blow me away. With that being said, I thought I’d start with the madame of mystery herself, Agatha Christie! I’ve been reading the Hercule Poirot books this year with a group of bookish friends and it has been an absolute blast. I really enjoy Christie mysteries, but I love being able to discuss with the group at the end the most. Buddy reads are the best, y’all!

Though we’re deep into our Poirot readalong, I’m only going to review the first three books that I’ve read with the group. Spoiler alert: it’s not the first three actually Poirot books because I may have skipped the short story collection that should have been read number three 😬 I do plan on reading it (at some point…) but probably during a month where I don’t have a ton of blog tours going on. So… maybe in like three months, lol.

Alright, enough rambling, time for the reviews!

Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Genre: Mystery

Source: Borrowed (library)

CW/TW: For a full list of content and trigger warnings, please check out

Rating: ★★★


Though this wasn’t the first Hercule Poirot book I read, I think if it had been, it would have been a fabulous introduction to our egg-headed detective. This was a quick and interesting mystery that got the reader familiar with Poirot and his many mannerisms in the best way. I thought the set-up was great and the mystery itself was intriguing. Though I guessed at some things, I still found myself reveling in the reveal at the end. Poirot just has a way with laying everything out that is so much fun! But let’s not forget our favorite bumbling sidekick. This is the first time we get to meet Hastings and, though he can be a bit dense and maybe too preoccupied with a pretty face, I find myself missing him when he’s not around. Christie certainly has a way of getting you attached to her main characters!

Word of warning, there are a couple of racial slurs randomly dropped in this one. Though it didn’t detract from the overall story, it definitely jolted me out of the book for a minute.

That being said, this was a solid read and definitely a solid beginning to the Poirot legacy.

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