4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

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!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?


Today’s spotlight shines on an ARC that just arrived in my mailbox:  Accused, by Lisa Scottoline.


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Beginning:  Congratulations! read the banner, but Mary DiNunzio still couldn’t believe she’d made partner, even at her own party.  She felt stunned, happy, and hopeful, ready to leave behind her doubts, insecurities, and guilt.  Okay, maybe not her guilt.  Guilt was like her handbag, occasionally heavy, but something she just felt better carrying around.


56:  An awkward silence fell as John and Jane Gardner stood opposite Mary and Judy, the four of them squinting at each other in the sun, like rival teams in the most polite face-off ever.


Blurb:  Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.


What do you think?  Does it grab you?  Now I’m off to check out your featured books.


  1. I like the last sentence about the pocketbook and purse. Almost everybody is talking abt. Arcs. It’s very rare for me to get an Arc. Well, I always find something good to read. I do have a book for Mailbox Monday this week. Hope you will stop by. I’ll bet you have a full mailbox.:) Miss talking to you. It seems like a long time. Sometimes I think abt. moving back to WordPress. Then, I change my mind.(:


    1. Thanks, Tea…I thought that was a great sentence, too. Definitely conveyed the feeling of guilt! And I’ll be checking out your mailbox. I don’t see your name on the Linkys much lately….I’ll keep an eye open, though. Enjoy the weekend!


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