Friday Sparks: Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Real Murder”

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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 feature is a review book that is part of Lauren Carr’s Lovers in Crime Series:  Real Murder.





Beginning:  (Prologue)

Friday the Thirteenth, February 13, 1976

Dolly’s Gentlemen Club, Newell, West Virginia

In the upper tip of West Virginia’s northern panhandle, the tiny town of Newell has two claims to fame—Homer Laughlin China Company, whose wares are used in restaurants and fine dining all over the world, and Waterford Race Track.  Folks will travel for miles to see the Thoroughbreds race for the finish line.


P. 56:  (Eighteen Years Later)

“You mean like a secret adoption?”

“It’s not unheard of,” Joshua said.  “I’m sure Tad would know about it if there were any truth to it.”


Blurb:  “It’s not a real murder.” When Homicide Detective Cameron Gates befriends Dolly, the little old lady who lives across the street, she is warned not to get lured into helping the elderly woman by investigating the unsolved murder of one of her girls. “She’s senile,” Cameron is warned. “It’s not a real murder.” Such is not the case. After Dolly is brutally murdered, Cameron discovers that the sweet blue-haired lady’s “girl” was a call girl, who had been killed in a mysterious double homicide. Meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton is looking for answers to the murder of a childhood friend, a sheriff deputy whose cruiser is found at the bottom of a lake. The sheriff deputy had disappeared almost twenty years ago while privately investigating the murder of a local prostitute. It doesn’t take long for the Lovers in Crime to put their cases together to reveal a long-kept secret that some believe it’s worth killing to keep undercover.


I have enjoyed this series, so I’m eager to plunge into this one.  What do you think?



Let’s spark our celebration today, Fourth of July, with our reading snippets.


26 thoughts on “Friday Sparks: Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Real Murder”

  1. Initially I wasn’t quite sure about it, but I quite like the synopsis, especially the idea of this old lady constantly trying to get justice for her girl! Haven’t heard of the author and the series though! Happy Fourth of July! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


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