First Line Fridays 20# The Peacock Throne by Lisa Karon Richardson



That time of the week again. Reading goals are going well this week, I've finished A Song Unheard by Roseanna White. Look out for my review for the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour scheduled for Tuesday.  I've also nearly done with my other book, from last year's to read list, a contemporary mystery by Donna Fletcher Crow. 

I usually read two novels at once, and since I have already done a post on the new fantasy novel The Edict by P. J. Keyworth,  I'm going to include the other book that I have just begun today. Its a historical mystery/Romance by an American author and a British Publisher. 
The book came out in November 2015 so you won't find it on any new release lists: and it 's been on my shelf for a couple of years, but I am trying to get through my to read list. 

When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. 
The clues point to the former Earl's first naval command. In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. 

However, they are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne. Marcus Wiltshire, agent of His Majesty's intelligence services, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.



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12 comments:

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust:

    “A persistent knock at the front door dragged Kat Williams awake.”

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    1. Have not heard of that book, but that's a great first line. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. I hope you enjoyed Roseanna's new book as much as I did! My current first line is from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright -

    "Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised."

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    1. I did enjoy it, but you'll have to wait for Tuesday to read my full review (or visit my Goodreads page).

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. "...a jaundiced eye..." That's a great description!

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    1. Isn't it just? Thanks for visiting.

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  4. PROLOGUE

    Two Years Earlier

    Renee huddled in the garden shed in her pajamas and tried to hear him over the pounding of her heart in her ears. - Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

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    1. Nice. I've not read anything by Coleen Coble, because I don't really go in for Contemporary Fiction set in America, but her books often seem to have amazing titles and covers.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog, I am featuring Brett Armstrong's novel Destitutio Quod Remissio. It's an interesting read so far. Here I will post the first lines from chapter four of this book.

    "The streets were filled beyond the usual that day, or perhaps it only appeared so to Marcus. The market district was expansive enough to accommodate thousands. Over it looked the tall stone buildings surrounding the huge open Forum that was the city's center for centuries. All of the grand structures were washed white by the noon's radiance and loomed large over the transactions of Rome's citizens."

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    1. I was offered that one for review actually, but I had so many other books I turned it down. Doesn't stop me looking it up on Amazon though!

      Thanks for visiting.

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  6. I read this when it first released and it didn't appeal to me. I'll be interested to know what you think.

    I’m about to start reading The Boy in the Hoodie, a young adult novel by debut Australian author Catriona McKewon. Here’s the first line:

    Before I met him, there wasn’t much I knew about the boy in the hoodie.He seemed to live above the rules.

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    1. I'm mostly just reading it because its been sitting on my shelf for about 2 years, and my NYR is to try to get through most of the books that are in that state.

      I've only read a few pages so far, but I value other opinions. Thanks for visitiing.

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