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17 February 2017

Ann Granger's The Companion (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

I'm only just into the third chapter so I can't say much about it yet other than that the first three chapters have been enjoyable! I'm awfully glad that I have this as an e-book as it will make it easier to fly through since it'll make it easier to read it while in bed or walking to the grocery store or during half-time at this weekend's basketball game ...

"In the corners of the room the shadows cast velvety veils. It would not be too difficult to imagine someone stood there and watched. I thought of Madeleine Hexham.... I glanced around me. It was likely that I'd been given my predecessor's room and that it was here she had planned her flight into the arms of her mysterious lover."

When Lizzie Martin arrives in London in 1864 to become a lady's companion, her first impressions are disturbing. She's barely out of the station when her cab encounters a wagon carrying the remains of a young woman recently dead.
At her new home, Lizzie learns that her predecessor, Madeleine Hexham, disappeared without a word of warning. Despite rumors of immoral behavior surrounding the girl's departure, Lizzie is soon persuaded that there's a deeper mystery here. Her suspicions are tragically confirmed when Inspector Benjamin Ross delivers shocking tidings.
Lizzie is determined to unravel the truth about the lost Miss Hexham. As, too, is Ben Ross: a man who cares about justice, whatever the class of victim. But they must tread carefully, as a cornered killer is the most dangerous of all...

Friday 56 (today is 56% from the ebook) is hosted at Freda's Voice 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

***Update -- 19 February 2017***
So ... if any of you go ahead and try The Companion I hope you have more luck with it than I've had. It started strong but I've actually been opting to watch mindless reruns over reading ... which is a pretty good sign to me that a book belongs on the DNF pile


  1. Sounds good. I hope the rest lives up to the first three chapters. Today I have Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb. I love Eve and Roarke. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds good. I haven't read a mystery in a while.

  3. I love the cover...and traveling by the old fashioned trains makes me feel nostalgic, even though I've only traveled that way through books and movies.

    Sounds like a good mystery. Here's mine: “RIGHT BEHIND YOU”

  4. Sounds very good, love the steampunk feel to it! Happy weekend!

  5. I like the sound of these snippets! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. Hope you enjoy the rest and that there's a good twist!

  7. I too like the sound of this one. And that cover is fabulous.

    My Friday 56 from The Blood Gospel