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Post the first paragraph(s) of what you are currently reading or will read soon.
First up is a preview of the book I'll be reading for the Save Our Cozies #readathon on Saturday, July 16th.
Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna: A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery (Book 3); Maia Chance
Berkeley - 2016
The day had arrived. Miss Ophelia Flax's last day in Paris, her last day in Artemis Stunt's gilt-edged apartment choked with woody perfumes and cigarette haze. Ophelia had chosen December 12, 1867, at eleven o'clock in the morning as the precise time she would make a clean breast of it. And now it was half-past ten.
And next is my mystery discussion group's July pick:
Bruno, Chief of Police; Martin Walker
Vintage - 2010
On a bright May morning, so early that the last of the mist was still lingering low over a bend in the Vézère River, a white van drew to a halt on the ridge that overlooked the small French town. A man climbed out, strode to the edge of the road and stretched mightily as he admired the familiar view of St. Denis. The town emerged from the lush green of the trees and meadows like a tumbled heap of treasure; the golden stone of the buildings, the ruby red tiles of the rooftops and the silver curve of the river running through it. The houses clustered down the slope and around the main square of the Hôtel de Ville where the council chamber, its Mairie, and the office of the town's own policeman perched above the thick stone columns that framed the covered market. The grime of three centuries only lately scrubbed away, it's honey-colored stone glowed richly in the morning sun.I'm a couple of chapters into both and am enjoying them immensely. Expect a full review of Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna on Saturday!