Tuesday, November 10, 2020

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Talented Miss Farwell; Emily Gray Tedrowe

Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book ReviewsEach week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon. 

The Talented Miss Farwell; Emily Gray Tedrowe

Custom House - 2020 



Pierson, Illinois


Fourteen-year-old Becky Farwell lay on the horn with her forearm.

Daddy, let's go!

Engine running, she tilted the rearview mirror to study her eye makeup, a wash of greens running dark to light from her eyelashes to eyebrows. Greens, of course, because the magazines all said redheads had to, even indistinct blond-red mixes like her own.  What she really wanted was the set that gave you three kinds of purple, pale violet to dusky eggplant. Becky ran a quick calculation on how much she was owed by the four girls she did homework for--geometry and algebra, although she could stretch up to pre-calc too, even as a ninth-grader.  Though for pre-calc all she could guarantee was a B, not that any of the girls complained.  Sometimes she took payment in shoes, like the almost-new Tretorns she had on now, without socks because no one did.  Becky flipped the mirror back with a snap.  They needed cash too bad to daydream about makeup.

This is one book I've been eyeing and it's getting very good reviews as a crime novel.  What do you think - read more or pass?


  1. I'd probably read on to see where it goes and what happens.

  2. Read! I'm interested in this one.

  3. What an interesting character! A little intense, but I liked following along with her process! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I haven't heard about this one but the intro grabs me. I'd keep reading.

  5. I have a copy of this book and must make time to read it. I've seen lots of positive feedback and have enjoyed interviews with the author about it.

  6. I have just started hearing about this one.

  7. Diane, I'd read more, though I'm kind of surprised that this is a crime novel.

  8. Sounds like a good one. I didn't know what Tretorns shoes were so I looked them up.

  9. It's an intriguing beginning. I would definitely read further.


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