Friday, June 8, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting Ruth Ware's newest mystery The Death of Mrs. Westaway.  I've just started in on it and I'm really excited - I mean, have you seen that description and cover?  I've enjoyed all three of Ruth Ware's previous mysteries, but of those three I'd say The Woman in Cabin 10 has been my favorite.  I'm really intrigued to know if this will surpass that story in my mind.

Beginning:

29th November, 1994

The magpies are back.  It's strange to think how much I used to hate them, when I first came to the house.  I remember coming up the drive in the taxi from the station, seeing them lined up along the garden wall like that, preening their feathers.

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And so Hal had picked up her mother's cards, turned on the neon sign outside the booth, and become Madame Margarida in her turn.

The regular clients were easy.  She had watched her mother read time and again for these people, had listened to them spill the details of wayward husbands, tetchy bosses, unhappy children.  And the drunken walk-ins were not too bad - she could bluff her way through those, and besides, they tended to be tourists who would never be back.

No, it was the bookings that worried her.  The people who paid for a full hour's consultation, who rang up beforehand to make sure she would be in.

For those, Hal did something her mother never resorted to.  She cheated.

50/50 Friday: Favorite Book Starting With A/ Z


A - All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


Z - Zero World by Jason M. Hough

38 comments:

  1. I had a feeling that Zero World would be your favorite "Z" book! :D

    I've heard great things about The Death of Mrs. Westaway, so I hope you're loving it! :)

    Here is my Friday 56 and Book Beginnings for the week!

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    1. You know, I haven't read too many z books, but Zero World is the best of them!

      Thanks for sharing with me, Genni!

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  2. Oooh! This book sounds interesting! Great quote!

    Here’s my Friday 56!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. I'm about 30% of the way through and I'm loving it so far.

      Thanks for coming over, Ronyell.

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  3. I haven't read Ruth Ware. This sounds like an intriguing story. This week I am featuring Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd. Happy reading!

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  4. Sounds like a good read and I really dig that cover! Happy weekend!

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  5. I'll have to check out your 50/50 book titles in more detail as I haven't heard of either title before. Happy reading and have a great weekend!

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    1. Both of them definitely deserve more attention! :)

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  6. I am really excited about reading The Death of Mrs. Westaway as well. I hope you love it! Your picks for the 50/50 are new to me, but the covers have me intrigued. I will have to check them out. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. It was excellent! I hope you'll enjoy it when you get to it. :)

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  7. Hope you'll continue enjoying it!

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  8. I had no idea Ruth Ware had so many books. Hope you enjoy your weekend, Lauren!

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  9. I hadn't heard of Zero World before and need a Z for my Alphabet Soup challenge. Will take a closer look :-)

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    1. It's well worth picking up, Stephanie! Good luck!

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  10. haha! I love that last line you've quoted - she cheated. :)

    Happy weekend!! I hope it's restful with lots of reading time. :)

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  11. Ruth Ware's book sounds really good.

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  12. I LOVED Zero World! I was so bummed that a sequel never came out☹

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  13. Sounds like a great read! Love the cover too! Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

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  14. Sadly, I've not read any of these..... but they both look good!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  15. So glad to see that you loved All Our Yesterdays!!! It's been years since I read it, but I remember loving it a lot.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  16. I like that beginning. The Woman in Cabin 10 has been my favorite Ware book so far too, and I need to get this latest one.

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    1. Of hers I'd say this one and The Woman in Cabin 10 are the best. :)

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  17. I can't wait to see what you end up thinking of The Death of Mrs. Westaway! :)

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    1. I really enjoyed it - my review is upcoming. :)

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  18. Zero World sounds really interesting! I haven't read many spy novels (besides the Alex Rider series) and I think it'd be fun to dive back into the genre (and finally read a book that starts with the letter Z...). Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. It also has really awesome sci-fi elements too! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Laura!

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  19. That cover of Ruth Ware's latest looks amazing.

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