Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Beginnings On Friday: Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer

Aloha and welcome to my first Book Beginnings On Friday post. I decided to join this weekly event hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.

To participate I need to name the book I'm currently reading, share the first line with you, and tell you my reaction to the opening sentence.

The book on my nightstand is an Advance Uncorrected Proof that I received from BookBrowse. It's scheduled for release on February 1, 2011 (first published in Great Britain, 2010).

Title: Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer by Wesley Stace

First Sentence: "I met Charles Jessold, the murderer, on 21 May 1910, the day after King Edward's funeral."

My reaction: I love a time period British mystery. Especially with a cup of tea. Who is Charles Jessold and is he really a murderer? The narrator seems to think so. I'm also intrigued by the music theme (notice the musical notes on the cover and score in the right hand corner). As a flute player, and mystery lover, I think this is going to be a good fit for me.

Question: Do you like mysteries that reveal the name of the murderer at the beginning? Or do you like to be surprised and try to figure out "who-done-it?"


  1. I love a good mystery and definitely want to wait until at least half way through before the baddy is revealed

  2. That sounds great! And what a cool cover!

    As long as it is well written and a good story, I like either a who-done-it or a tracking the bad guy mystery. Just no grisly serial killers.

  3. I don't mind at all having the murderer named right in the beginning. It still doesn't tell you what happened, or more importantly why. All sorts of stuff will yet happen and be revealed and it will probably change all my pre-conceived ideas that I came up with right at the beginning after the reveal.

    My daughter has just started playing flute this year at school. She is using it to help her with her singing. now she can work out songs on her own.

  4. I like to try to figure out the murderer myself. But that's just me.

    Sorry I'm so late, but I wanted to stop by and thank you for participating in Book Beginnings!


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