Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday Intro/Teaser Tuesday: Ill-Gotten Gains by Ilsa Evans

Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.

The breeze shifted as we entered the cemetery, rustling dusty orange leaves from the oaks that shaded the graves. Those already fallen skittered to life, dancing along the uneven paths and eddying into corners. It was as if the dead were whispering a greeting, or maybe even a warning, in the only way they knew how. I paused by the hedged entry and then bent to stop our dog as he dashed past. He ducked, weaved, and continued towards a large marble headstone where he immediately cocked his leg and peed in a splashy arc over Freda Usachev, Beloved Wife and Mother, Sadly Missed.

Title: Ill-Gotten Gains
Author: Ilsa Evans
ISBN: 9781743342824
Publisher: momentum books/2013
Pages: 234

Columnist Nell Forrest stumbles upon a secret in the cemetery in the town of Majic. Before she can react, two people die in quick succession. Someone does not want the secrets to come out. But Nell is determined to get to the bottom of it. And that means, the whole perspective of Majic's history would change.

While researching, Nell finds out about a long line of women dying untimely in the past 150 years of the town's existence. How are those related to the present? 

With Nell's numerous daughters, a sister, a mother and an ex-husband driving her mad, this makes a good read. The suspense element is very much intact till the end and the humour element is the icing on the top. 


Maya Love said...

Dogs peeing over headstones? Hmmm...very descriptive opener. Looks like an interesting mystery from the blurb.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Very descriptive passage! Thanks for sharing...and enjoy.

Here's mine: “DON’T TRY TO FIND ME”

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I'd definitely give this one a chance.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-64-and.html

Nise' said...

Felt like I was right there watching the dog! I would keep reading.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

I enjoyed the share & would definitely want to discover what's been happening in the town...
great teaser!
Mine's a debut w giveaway

Juli Rahel said...

This sounds really good and I love the cover. And the idea of these leafs coming to live in a cemetery is amazing. This sounds like a good read and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing :)
My Intro
Juli @ Universe in Words

Kim@Time2Read said...

LOL about the dog! This one sounds interesting. I'd definitely read on!
Today I'm featuring The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

Literary Feline said...

I like the sound of this one, Gautami! I am glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Unknown said...

Ooh, nice one


Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOVE this opening! I love how it starts out sounding creepy and ends with a laugh.
My Teaser is from LEAN ON ME.

Unknown said...

Nice teaser!

Mine this week is from classic Zane Grey western “Riders of the Purple Sage”: http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-riders-of-the-purple-sage-teasertuesday/

fredamans said...

Always odd seeing my name in print. LOL
Sounds good though.

Yvonne said...

This one definitely grabbed my interest.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I could do without the dog/headstone reference LOL --enjoy

Tea said...

I think cemeteries are interesting. I've never had time just to walk through one and think. If I'm there, it because I've lost someone.

sherry fundin said...

I love the cover and that is an excellent tease.