4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

Today’s featured book is Potboiler, by Jesse Kellerman.


Beginning:  After one hundred twenty-one days, the search was called off.  The Coast Guard had stopped looking after three weeks, but the presumptive widow had paid for a private company to drag the entire Pacific Ocean, or as much of it as they could.  With all hope lost, funeral arrangements were now under way.  It was front page news.


56:  One of Pfefferkorn’s more shameful secrets was that he had once tried to write a popular novel of his own.


Amazon Description:  Arthur Pfefferkorn is a has-been, or perhaps a never-was: a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.
Pfefferkorn’s decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted–and nothing can be taken seriously.


I have read several other books by this author, some more engaging than others.  I’m hoping this one will be a page turner.

What are the rest of you showcasing?  Stop on by and share, please!


  1. Oh, how sad to be lost at sea but the book sounds interesting with all the twists and turns. By the way, I love the new, sharp look of your blog. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by mine; thanks for your friendship and Merry Christmas!


  2. Your Potboiler first lines and summary have piqued my interest! Is this the lengthy novel of which you spoke in another blogger’s comments? I’d like to pick up a copy of Potboiler but if it is lengthy, I will have to wait until well into the new year to have enough time to give it the attention it deserves.


    • Hi, Shirley…and no, Potboiler is not the lengthy novel I referenced…it has 323 pages. So you should be able to give it your attention. Thanks for stopping by, and I’m glad you liked the first lines.


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