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First Lines Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Happy Friday! Today’s pick is slightly different from my usual reads. I read the first book in this series last year and instantly fell in love with the character and setting. A WWII mystery filled with spies and a female MC who is headstrong and witty, I can’t wait to start book two.

“It’s often a mans mouth that breaks his nose, my Uncle Mick was fond of saying, and the bloke in front of me was doing his best to test the theory. His mouth was about 30 seconds from earning him a fist to the conk.”

I’m already giggling whilst reading this! Ready to find out what book it is?

London, 1940. After years of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor—well, to themselves, anyway—Ellie McDonnell and her family have turned over a new leaf as they help the government’s war effort. It’s true that the straight-laced Major Ramsey didn’t give them much choice, but still, Ellie must admit she doesn’t miss breaking and entering as much as she might have thought. What she does miss is the challenge of unlocking an impossible code and the adrenaline rush that comes from being somewhere she shouldn’t.

So when Major Ramsey turns up unannounced with another job, she can’t say no. A woman’s body has been found floating in the Thames, with a bracelet locked onto her wrist, and a cameo locket attached to it. It’s clear this woman was involved in espionage, but whose side was she on? Who was she reporting to? And who wanted her dead?

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