First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday January 10, 2023: Murder Beyond the Grave by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle and Christopher Charles

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The man gasps for air and claws at the plywood siding of his prison. He’s inside a coffin that is six feet long and three feet wide.”

Murder Beyond the Grave by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle

A flash of color broke in on her dream and startled her awake.”

Murder in Paradise by James Patterson and Christopher Charles

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday January 3, 2024 Took by Mary Downing Hahn

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The old woman stands on the hilltop, just on the edge of the woods, well hidden from the farmhouse below. Two men and a woman are getting out of a car that has a sign for Jack Lingo Realty painted on the side. The old woman has seen plenty of Realtors in her time. She doesn’t know this one, but she remembers his pa, old Jack Lingo, and his pa, Edward, and the one afore him, back and back through the years to the first Lingo ever to settle in this valley and take up the buying and selling of houses.”

Took by Mary Downing Hahn

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday December 20, 2022: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

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The man drove an immaculate black car along a flat Indiana road, slowing when he came to a chain-link gate with a RESTRICTED AREA sign. The guard stationed there peered in the window for the briefest moment, then checked his license plate and waved him through.”

Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday December 13, 2022: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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‘Again! Again!’

The men bind her again. Different this time: left thumb to right toe, right thumb to left. The rope around her waist. This time, they carry her into the water.”

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday November 29, 2022: American Mother by Gregg Olsen

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Though only half an hour drive away, the South King County cities of Auburn and Kent are worlds away from high-rises loaded with tech workers that make up Washington State’s largest metropolis, Seattle. Surrounded by the Olympics, the Cascades, and both the waters of Puget Sound and sailboat-specked Lake Washington, Seattle is as beautiful and as cosmopolitan as the Northwest gets: galleries, symphony, opera, and the home addresses of tech titans like Bezos and Gates.”

American Mother by Gregg Olsen

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday November 15, 2022: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

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There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks. Light-blue cloth – a shirt, perhaps – jumbled up with something dirty white. It’s probably rubbish, part of a load fly-tipped into the scrubby little wood up the bank. It could have been left behind by the engineers who work this part of the track, they’re here often enough. Or it could be something else. My mother used to tell me that I had an overactive imagination; Tom said that too. I can’t help it, I catch sight of these discarded scraps, a dirty T-shirt or a lonesome shoe, and all I can think of is the other shoe, and the feet that fitted into them.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday November 8, 2022: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Her husband’s almost home. He’ll catch her this time.

There isn’t a scrap of curtain, not a blade of blind, in number 212–the rust-red townhome that once housed the newlywed Motts, until recently, until they un-wed. I never met either Mott, but occasionally I check in online: his LinkedIn profile, her Facebook page. Their wedding registry lives on at Macy’s. I could still buy them flatware.”

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday November 1, 2022: Snow by Ronald Malfi

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‘Mr. Farmer? Is that you?’

But she knew it wasn’t George Farmer. Even if it looked like him, it wasn’t George Farmer.

Wiping strands of sweat-slicked hair from her face, Shawna Dupree crouched below the counter inside the deserted Pack-N-Go. Too frightened to sit up and peer over the countertop, she managed to survey the store in the reflection of the tortoiseshell antitheft mirror above her head. The blood on her hands was starting to freeze to the rifle’s cold steel.

Snow by Ronald Malfi

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday October 25, 2022: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Ayoola summons me with these words–Korede, I killed him.

I had hoped I would never hear those words again.”

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinhan Braithwaite

First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday October 11, 2022: Ghostwritten by Ronald Malfi

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‘We’ve got a problem,’ said Jack Baer. They were the first words out of his mouth, even before he sat down at the table. Gloria eyed him coolly as she steeped her tea. They were at Antoine’s–Jack’s request–and the breakfast crowd was queuing up at the door and curling around the block on this warm September morning. Jack Baer queued for no one; in fact, he seemed oblivious to the people filing into the restaurant all around him. Gloria Grossman had known Jack for the better part of a decade, though his reputation in the industry had preceded any formal introduction. He’d been a top player at CAA before opening his own boutique literary agency, and he had, from time to time, courted Gloria, enticing her to join him. Merger, was how Jack put it, framing the word in the air with his big hands to get her to visualize the marquee. But Jack had a reputation for representing difficult clients, which presented a whole host of headaches Gloria did not feel like shouldering. Ironically, it was her client, the screenwriter Davis McElroy, who was the cause of today’s meeting, and any headache that would inevitably follow.”

Ghostwritten by Ronald Malfi