First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Trace of Doubt

Posted September 10, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, DiAnn Mills, First Line Fridays, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 20 Comments

Welcome to the new home of First Line Friday! The other dear blogger friends who joined me on Hoarding Books have each had to step away from regular blogging for an indefinite season. But I still have first lines to share, so I offered to bring it back to RimSP where this incarnation of First Line Friday started. I will be posting the link-up here from now on, and I invite all of you to participate! Without further ado… 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 Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Would I ever learn?


Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

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20 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Trace of Doubt

  1. Gloria A

    My hero walked toward me carrying a yellow surfboard under one arm and my heart under his other.
    Finding Stardust by Julie Carobini

  2. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    “They was nothin I could do for her. Her eyes was fixed on the sky and she never moved again. Despite me shaking her, she was gone.”
    What Mama Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line this week is from The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox :
    Sarah nudged aside last night’s puddle of clothes with her bare foot, the exposed designer label sticking out a bit too much.

  4. Natalya Lakhno

    Illusion of Love ARC:
    Jared Quinby stared at the printouts of chat transcripts scattered on his bed, willing the words to make sense. He’d been pouring over the material for far too long and now his left leg cramped, muscles bunching and twisting beneath the scarred skin.

  5. Caryl Kane

    The visiting hour was almost over, so the hummingbird man encountered the occasional carriage as he pushed his cart along the narrow strip of road between the mansions of Newport and the Atlantic Ocean. The American Heiress – Daisy Goodwin

  6. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently on chapter 26 of Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere, so I’ll share from there.
    “‘It’s a coach maker’s shop!’ Emma said in surprise, reading the sign painted over the door.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  7. Lisa Stillman

    Forget meeting tonight. Flood Zone by Dana Mentink

    Trace of Doubt is excellent. I’d love to win a copy for my mom.

  8. Debra J Pruss

    I am taking this from Ronald H. Balson’s new book, Defending Britta Stein. “Judge Obadiah Wilson peers over his reading glasses a the two attorneys who stand before him, and he smiles.

  9. Becky D.

    He took one last aching look outside the crumbling window; the Nile was molten gold in the light of the rising sun, a sparkling coil winding its way into the horizon.
    “Jewel of the Nile” by Tessa Afshar

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Lady DiAnn’s book. May need to move it up in my TBR pile…

  10. Perrianne Askew

    Edwynn MacCallan poised his scalpel over the bearing heart. The Ice Swan by J’Nell Ciesielski. I highly recommend it!

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