Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.
To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.
Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!
What a great way to spend a Friday!
Today’s feature is a recent download: A Season to Lie (A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery), by Emily Littlejohn, in a follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter.
On a cold and bitter night in February, twelve weeks after giving birth, I returned to what I know best: death.
I follow death into black woods. I chase death across deserted meadows. I seek death in the faces of strangers.
Friday 56: Surely Lila Conway was some kind of princess, or fairy queen, to live in a house such as this, deep in the woods, sheltered against the harsh realities of the outside world.
The stone cottage was two stories, made from smooth, polished gray river rock.
Synopsis: On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.
But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.
This is only the beginning . . .
Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley.
Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again in A Season to Lie.
And that’s how it goes. What do you think? Do you want to know more?