Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews.
Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read. This week I selected a mystery that was just released last month.
Dead By Dawn; Paul Doiron
Minotaur Books - 2021
The hill is steep here, and there is no guardrail above the river. I think I am being careful, keeping a light touch on the wheel, feathering the brakes. But then I come around the curve and see the spiked objects scattered across the asphalt in my headlights. They look like barbaric versions of children's jacks. Or medieval caltrops laid on battlefields to maim horses--that these hunks of metal have been welded from box nails and placed here for the malign purpose of blowing out automobile tires.
The front wheels of the Jeep run over the first of them before I can react, and the sound is like two muskets being fired in tandem. The wolf dog in his enormous crate in the rear lets loose a strangled yelp. And now the back tires are bursting, too, and the steering wheel tugs one way, then the other, and when I pump the brake pedal nothing happens because I'm going too fast. I am over the edge before I can exhale.
What do you think, read more or pass? This is book #12 of the mystery series featuring Mike Bowditch, a Maine Game Warden. I've read only a few of the books in this series and enjoyed them a lot. What I liked was you really don't need to read the series in order to enjoy the stories.
Great excerpt! I am now intrigued. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed the intro. I'm enjoying the story a lot already.Delete
I've only read one book by Doiron, and it was several years ago, but the opening paragraph does sound interesting! I'm curious about the wolf dog in the crate.ReplyDelete
Jen, it's a good series and the author knows how to use setting and surroundings to engage you. He also throws some humor in from time to time as well.Delete
I'd probably read some more, it sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
Yes, this is a good mystery series.Delete
Very descriptive. The intro brings you right into the story. I haven't read the previous books so I'm not sure I would want to jump into #12, but it does sound like a good series.ReplyDelete
The writing is such that it's pretty easy to pick up anywhere.Delete
Oh man. I mean, if you're on book 12 of a series, you might as well continue. :)ReplyDelete
Joy, I've only read a few of the 12 but, it really isn't all that important to read in order IMO.Delete
What an intense opening! Haven't heard of this series or author before.ReplyDelete
This is a a really good series even though I've only read a few. The audios are well done too generally.Delete
I'm more interested in the dog. Yes I will read more.ReplyDelete
I know I am more of an animal person that a people person - at times.Delete
It's not a book for me. I tend to go with books with little action in the story. I'm odd like that!ReplyDelete
I get it now, but, at first I was thinking there wasn't enough action for you. LOLDelete
Wow, if that's the beginning I can only imagine what's ahead for this character. I've never read his books but a bit curious now!ReplyDelete
Very exciting and descriptive! I had to google "caltrops."ReplyDelete
I would definitely keep reading! I want to know what's going on and I like the writer's voice in this paragraph.ReplyDelete