Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Every Tuesday, I share the first paragraph(s) of what I am currently reading or will read soon.
First up is a book from my NetGalley shelf:
Rum Luck (A Bar on the Beach Mystery #1); Ryan Aldred
Five Star Publishing - 2016
The hot, humid air wrapped around Victoria Holmes the moment the driver opened her door. She stretched her legs, rose from the chauffeured car, and absently plucked one of her long auburn hairs from her skirt. She wished, not for the first time, that she'd had time to unearth a summer-weight suit before catching the flight late last night. Her driver returned to his seat and cut the engine, spilling silence onto the sleepy side street.
She glanced down the road toward the center of Tamarindo, where the rolling verdant hillside gave way to beach houses and brightly colored hotels, their yards punctuated by massive trees. Across the street, rusted corrugated roofs gave way to towering resorts and half-finished condominiums, framed by the glittering Pacific. Dense foliage hummed, chirped, and chittered. Life atop of life, atop of life.
I've always wanted to visit Costa Rica, and the location descriptions in this book make it seem even more beautiful and magical (despite the brutal murder).
Random thought: Why do the women in these books always have natural red/auburn hair, as if it's super common? This has to be the 3rd or 4th cozy I've read where the heroine is a quirky and/or strong redhead.
My second read is a graphic novel:
Paper Girls Vol.1; Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang (illustrator), Matthew Wilson (illustrator)
Image Comics - 2016
Here is the first page, so you can get an idea of the beautiful art and coloring (and really trippy story):
Either of these titles catch your interest? What are you reading?