Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18th's Book Beginning and Friday 56

We've made it to Friday again, so it must be time for Book Beginning and Friday 56.

This week, I'm highlighting Gila Monster by Sandy Dengler.

This is the fourth in a Christian mystery series that features two police officers in the Phoenix area.

I just love how this book begins:

Joe Rodriguez, at five-feet-eleven, weighed just over 160 pounds and almost none of it was fat.  Beside him stood his partner, Tom Flaherty.  Tom, six-feet-one, weighted maybe 155 if he let his unruly red hair grow really long and then soaked it.  Before them crouched a thickset lizard about fourteen inches in length, weighing in at maybe two pounds.
The lizard, outweighed 157 to 1, was winning the standoff hands down.

That last line makes me smile.

Jumping ahead to page 56, we find:

A kid stuck his head in the doors at this end of the hall.  "Mayday!" he yelped and disappeared.

That's it for this week.  I hope you have a great weekend.


  1. I really like the beginning and the 56 raises so many questions. I'll be adding this one to my list. I'm reading White Hot by Ilona Andrews this week. Happy reading!

  2. That opening got me laughing too. :-) I haven't heard of this series, but it does sound fun. I hope you are enjoying it! Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend, Mark.

  3. Enticing 56, but that beginning made me giggle. :-) Happy weekend!

  4. Funny opening quote. I think often spiders and lizards do win. My Friday Quotes