First Line Friday (week 197): The Case of the Beleaguered Bride

Posted June 12, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, cozy mystery, Debra E. Marvin, First Line Fridays, historical, mystery/suspense / 15 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of The Case of the Beleaguered Bride by Debra E. Marvin!

and the first line is…

Heather Munro would allow nothing – save too many naps – to ruin this vacation.


Can’t Heather go anywhere without being caught up in a murder investigation?

After enduring an unexpected test to her sleuthing skills in Edinburgh, American Heather Munro looks forward to attending a restful family wedding in County Cork, Ireland. But delight turns to dilemma when the bride’s ex-fiancé shows up pleading for a second chance…then dies under mysterious circumstances.

Heather’s travel itinerary didn’t include snooping through family secrets or being caught up in international politics, but she can’t stand by when a rush to judgment points the blame at an innocent man and derails the upcoming nuptials. An outsider in the stunning harbor town of Cobh, Heather’s determined search for answers is thwarted at every turn. But Heather has never been one to give up, and she’ll do all she can to get the wedding back on track and the murderer behind bars before he or she strikes again. Even at the risk of her own life.

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Opportunities to practice their unique skills were thin in their little corner of post-war suburbia, so they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Yet mysteries seem to follow them wherever they go.

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15 responses to “First Line Friday (week 197): The Case of the Beleaguered Bride

  1. Debra E. Marvin

    Thank you so much for sharing the start of Heather’s getaway to Ireland!
    (gosh I love that cover!)
    Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I love Debra’s take on a grown up Nancy Drew! Great stuff!

    My first line is from IF I WERE YOU. By Lynn Austin:
    Prologue. London, November, 1945
    Eve Dawson bolted upright in bed.

  3. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Murder in the Family” by Ramona Richards:

    ” ‘Aunt Liz, you can’t keep doing this. It’s going to get you killed.’ And it had.”

  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer:
    “According to the Good Book, there was a time for war and a time for peace.”
    Have a great weekend! 😃❤📚

  5. Debra E. Marvin

    Thanks everyone! It was a delight to write. More time with characters dear to my heart!

  6. “The shadow, in the squat outline of a broad-shouldered man with a slight paunch, slid across the wrought iron table where Chaney Rose read a thick, well-worn paperback.” from The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander. Christian romantic suspense.

  7. Gloria A

    Rocky Mountains
    Northwest Wyoming
    Had we never met, you and I, then you never would have loved me. I never would have returned your love.
    Don’t Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard

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