At the moment I am in the middle of Ann Howard Creel's The Whiskey Sea
, about a young woman doing what she can to support her younger sister and the man who raised her. She loves being on the water and, with the help of a World War I veteran, learns how to repair boat engines. When that doesn't bring in enough money, she turns to rumrunning during the American Prohibition, a very lucrative, but dangerous trade for anyone, but especially a woman.
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea 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. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
She opened her eyes to blackness. Salty blackness. She moved her arms against water, then remembered. The ocean. The fight. The flames.
Her arms and legs would not move. She was drowning, falling into the cold depths. Below her, the pull of invisible arms and no light. A silence pure and dark. Her face down, her vision gone, she was plunging fast into infinite time. She could not hold her breath much longer; she was going to die.
When death came to Della Hope, this story begins.
Della never set foot more than a few paces off the waterfront. A sweet little thing with brassy hair and misty green eyes, she made a living off being shapely and willing, with no other means to support herself. As the town whore, she lived above one of the ramshackle dockside establishments and catered to men coming in off a fishing boat, reeking of the sea. Along the way she caught a disease that drove her mad--and then killed her.
Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from page 17% of The Whiskey Sea:
She sighed and breathed in, then slowly exhaled. "I've been thinking. Come better weather we should go for the liquor, too."
and at 24%
Anger erupted, and if there had been something there to strike she would've punched it. But instead she sucked in some shaky breaths and willed that urge away. This was a moment for thinking, not losing control.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
From the prologue and then the opening of the first chapter, I was immediately intrigued. My initial thought is the prologue is a foreshadowing of what will come. And I'm already hoping death by drowning is not the fate of the protagonist, Frieda, but only time will tell the further I read. In the opening paragraph of the first chapter, we meet Frieda and Bea's mother, Della--at least briefly. She leaves behind two very young daughters who instantly won over this reader's heart. So far, I am enjoying The Whiskey Sea.
What are you reading at the moment? Is it anything you would recommend?
This week's Top Ten Tuesday
is Top Ten Series Set in California
. I enjoy reading books set outside of the United States very much, but I enjoy reading books set in familiar places. Admittedly, there are many more books I want to read than I actually have read (which, I imagine applies to many books in all types of settings). That list, however, would be too long to post here. Here are some of my favorite series set in California (most of which I am not completely caught up with--yet):
1. Rebecca Chastain's series featuring Madison Fox, a Illuminant Enforcer living and working in Roseville, California (First book: A Fistful of Evil
2. Carol Higgins Clark's series featuring Regan Reilly, a private investigator based out of Los Angeles, California (First book: Decked
3. Michael Connelly's series featuring Harry Bosch, a homicide detective in Los Angeles, California (First book: The Black Echo
4. Michael Connelly's series featuring Mickey Haller, a lawyer in Los Angeles, California (First book: The Lincoln Laywer
5. Robert Crais's series featuring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, a pair of Hollywood private eyes, in Los Angeles, California (First book: The Monkey's Raincoat
6. Sue Grafton's series featuring Kinsey Millhone, a private eye in fictional Santa Teresa, California (First book: A is for Alibi
7. Tami Hoag's series featuring Tony Mendez, a Sheriff's detective in mid-1980s Oak Knoll, California, in the Oak Knoll mysteries (First book: Deeper Than the Dead
8. Jonathan Kellerman's series featuring Alex Delaware, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, California (First book: When the Bough Breaks
9. Lisa Lutz's series featuring Isabele “Izzy” Spellman, a 28-year old sleuth working for her parents’ private investigation firm, in San Francisco, California (First book: The Spellman Files
10. Jaime Lee Moyer's trilogy set in historical San Francisco, featuring Delia Martin, who can communicate with the dead, and Police Captain Gabriel Ryan (First book: Delia's Shadow
Do you enjoy reading books set in or around where you live? What are some of your favorite series set near where you live?
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