I've got a double header for you today. Up first is The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews. It starts like this:
I woke up to find three sheep staring pensively down at me.
Jumping to page 56, we find:
"Finally," she said, as if she'd summoned me hours ago. "I need to talk to someone about getting my music back."
"I can check with our lost and found," I said, pretending to misunderstand her. "Are we talking sheet music of CDs or..."
"I haven't lost my CDs," she said. "But that woman made me stop playing them!"
She was pointing to Mother.
Intrigued? Well, you can learn more about the book by reading my review.
My other book this week is Father Knows Death, the third Stay at Home Dad Mystery by Jeffrey Allen. It's first sentence goes like this:
George Spellman's lifeless face gazed at me amid the packages of frozen bratwursts.
And on page 56:
On cue, a caravan of golf carts buzzed up the dirt trail, headed in our direction, with Mama Biggs leading the charge.
I'm about 100 pages in and enjoying this one so far.
But here's the funny thing - both books involve the characters solving a murder at a fair. I didn't plan it that way, but that's how it happened. Funny, isn't it?