Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 16: Mistletoe Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share at least two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

The holidays and Christmas Reading Challenge may be past, but I thought I'd knock one more Christmas-themed book from the TBR pile anyway. Besides, everything I have lined up for this month is thick and heavy, and I wanted something a bit slimmer and lighter for this week. So, I picked up a mystery by Leslie Meier, Mistletoe Murder. This one has actually only been in the TBR pile a year. Not too far into it yet, but as it is first in a fairly popular series, I am hoping it does not disappoint.

As the following four sentences come early in the book and set up the premise, they are not a spoiler. Lucy Stone works the late shift for a local mail order catalog company. Orders being slow one night and not wanting to get hopped up on caffeine so late, Lucy steps outside for a five minute break to try to wake herself up, only to make an eerie discovery...


As she drew closer to the row of parked cars, the noise of the humming engine grew louder. It came, she realized, from Sam Miller's BMW. The navy blue sedan with the SAM-I-AM vanity plates was covered with snow just like all the other cars. The only difference was that the engine was running and a black rubber hose neatly capped one of the twin exhaust pipes and snaked around the car to the driver's window.






21 comments:

fredamans said...

I didn't even read it. It IS a spoiler if you don't follow the rules. The rules state to post 2 sentences not 4. No one wants to read that big of a "teaser".

Book Dilettante said...

Sounds like a murder made to look like suicide, and over the holidays too!

Alice Audrey said...

Murder made to look like suicide maybe? Not your every day average Christmas story.

Heather said...

Freda,

First, the rules state "share at least two (2) teaser sentences -- meaning one can post more than two, but no fewer than that. I have seen plenty of people post longer teasers, as well as people post teasers from multiple sections of one book.

Second, I have seen sentences ramble on for entire paragraphs. Would you refuse to read that if posted as well?

Third, no one is forcing you to visit, read or post to anyone else's blog.

Fourth, being a bitch on someone else's blog is a good way to get yourself blocked or deleted.

Thanks for your cheery visit. Enjoy your day!

Heather said...

Book ~ Hehe...nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a little mayhem and murder. Thanks for reading! ;)

Alice ~ I never claimed to like the "every day average Christmas story," now did I? Hehe...

jlshall said...

Sounds good. I love mysteries with Christmas themes - I could read them all year round. Nice teaser!
Here's mine.

sumanam said...

I love your teaser...Holidays and murder!!! I bet it's a great read!

Here is mine:
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

Btw, I myself have posted a paragraph before if it's good!!! It's ok, rules are made to be broken :)

Heather said...

jl ~ Thanks, I can read mysteries of any sort all year round, with or without romantic or paranormal elements. I'm no snob when it comes to mysteries, or books in general. ;)

Sumanam ~ Thank you, so far it is pretty good. I too have posted longer teasers, as have many others, which is why Freda's censure is so surprising. Not to fear--I have already set up next week's teaser and it is only two sentences long. Snicker snicker snicker...

(Good rule of thumb: never antagonize or challenge a lit/writing major.)

Ann Marie said...

Nice teaser, I will be adding to my buy list. Have a great week :)

Heather said...

Thanks, Ann Marie! *g*

Jennifer said...

Not a good sign at all. This looks like a good mystery.

JoAnn said...

He, he.. sounds like trouble. Cute cover, too!

Kaye said...

It would be nice if people followed the "rules" on bookblogs.ning not to post contests everywhere like spam especially on publishers boards, but gee, that doesn't happen. 2 sentences is a guideline as far as I'm concerned.
Heather, I loved your teaser and thisis your blog, you post what you want! Leslie Meier is a funny lady. Have a great day. My teaser is here

Have a great week and happy reading!

Heather said...

Thanks, Jennifer and JoAnn!

Heather said...

Thanks, Kaye, and thanks for letting me know what you think of Leslie Meier, since she is a knew-to-me author.

Susan B. Evans said...

Excelent teaser this week! I will have to look this one up at the library :)

I am re-reading Watership Down by Richard Adams this week. You can find my teaser here.

And regarding the rules: who cares? This is just for fun! A way to share what we're reading with others. I'd post an entire page if I felt it was a particularly good passage. As far as I'm concerned, your blog = your perogative :)

Heather said...

Thanks, Susan! You know, I don't think I have ever read Watership Down. I might have to rememdy that!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This really captures my attention!

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kaye said...

sad :(

Heather said...

Laurel ~ Thank you! BTW, I saw your deleted comment when it filtered through my inbox. Veeeerrrryyyy interesting.