Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Beginning and Friday 56 for December 12th

Hi, and welcome to this week's Book Beginning and Friday 56 (which is celebrating 4 years this week!  Congrats!!).  I've got to tell you, I'm very glad it is Friday.  My brain has acted like it was Friday all day Thursday.  The real Friday is going to be torture at work.

But we aren't here to talk about work.  We're here to talk about The Nightingale Before Christmas, the latest Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews.




This is actually the last of the Christmas books I wanted to be sure to read this year in December.  Have I done all my decorating?  No.  Have I done any shopping?  Barely started.  But I've read my Christmas books.  Obviously, I have my priorities in order, right?

Anyway, here's how the book begins.

"Passementerie." 
Mother was standing in the evergreen-trimmed archway between the living room and the foyer, directly beneath the red-and-gold "Merry Christmas" banner, frowning at something she was holding. 
Since I had no idea who of what "passementerie" was, I just sat there in the foyer of the Caerphilly Designer Show House with my pen poised over my notebook-that-tells-me-when-to-breathe, waiting for Mother to elaborate.

And yes, I know what it is now.  You'll have to read the book.

Anyway, on page 56, we find:

Something tinkled and broke in the distance.  Upstairs. 
I glanced up.  The house was dark, had had I seen a faint flicker of light out of the corner of my eye - like a flashlight being switched off?

I've got to admit, I skipped about 10 pages to get to the 56.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go read and see what is happening in that scene.

16 comments:

  1. Love that one! Hope you enjoy all of it. :)

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    1. With as much as I love the series, I'm sure I will.

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  2. Sounds like a fun story. Yes, you definitely have your priorities straight!
    My Friday post features THE TIGER QUEENS.

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    1. I hope my family agrees with you if I don't have presents for them come Christmas Day.

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  3. Reading comes first...shopping and decorating can wait. :)

    Looks like a fun book. Love the cover. ENJOY!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. The decorating just might not happen this year, but the shopping is done and the reading continues.

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  4. I've read one book by Donna Andrews and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to trying more and this looks like a good one! I've got 2 more Christmas books to get through but there's always more I want to read!

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    1. Normally, I have one or two books, but the last couple of years, it's been significantly more. We'll see what next year brings.

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  5. Thank you so much! Glad you have been a regular participant!
    The book looks fun and festive! Have to look up what Passementerie is, since I can't be patient enough to read the book... lol..
    Happy weekend!

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    1. If you read the book, you'll find out what it means within just a few pages, I promise.

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  6. I havent read a single holiday book this year, but this one definitely looks interesting :)

    BookBeginning@EverythingNyze

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    1. There's still time to read a Christmas book before Christmas.

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  7. The book sounds great and you definitely have me interested. Thanks for sharing here's mine http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2014/12/review-murder-most-deadly-by-simon.html?m=1

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