Today I’ll be participating again in First Chapter First Paragraph, hosted by Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea.
I’ll also be spotlighting an excerpt for Teaser Tuesdays, at Should Be Reading.
My read is Mimosas, Mischief, & Murder, by Sara Rosett. Super-organized Ellie Avery thinks she’s prepared for everything when she and her family set off for an extended visit with her in-laws–clothes, books, and enough games and toys to entertain two stir-crazy kids on a six-hour drive. But the one thing she hasn’t planned for is cold-blooded murder. . .
Intro: “I shot you.” Normally, that’s not a sentence I want to hear, but since it came from Nathan, our four-year-old, who was buckled into his car seat in the back row of the minivan, and since he had brought nothing more lethal than toy cars, books, and Legos for this road trip, I decided to ignore it.
“No, you didn’t,” Livvy replied with the certainty of an older sibling. “I had my shield up.” She casually turned a page in her middle grade reader. She was working her way through a series of mystery books and I hoped her stack would last her at least until lunch. Her second-grade class was in the middle of a fierce competition to see who could read the most books. Livvy was currently in second place.
“My laser gun shoots through shields,” Nathan countered, waving his gun of plastic building blocks at Livvy as he added shooting sound effects.
What do you think? Did this beginning grab you? I have seen more engaging openers, but I am a bit intrigued about how this normal scene will turn into the cold-blooded murder promised in the blurb.
Teaser: Mitch rounded the slight curve and a strip of yellow tape barred the drive. He threw the minivan into park and we both jumped out. (7% in Kindle).
What are you spotlighting today? I hope you’ll stop by and share….