First Line Friday (week 273): Murder Under a New Moon

Posted January 20, 2022 by meezcarrie in Abigail Keam, cozy mystery, First Line Fridays, historical, mystery/suspense / 21 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! 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 Murder Under a New Moon by Abigail Keam!

and the first line is…

“I must keep my family name,” Mona declared.


Robert Farley is now a bonafide duke, and solicitors from the Duchy of Brynelleth have come to negotiate his marriage contract to Mona Moon. When the three solicitors demand that Mona relinquish Moon Enterprises and live in England full time, she threatens to give Robert back his engagement ring and call off the wedding.

She says quite frankly, “I’m not going to give up one of the largest mining conglomerates in the world just so I can host dinner parties at Brynelleth for your snotty friends.”

Robert, caught between the responsibilities demanded by Brynelleth and his deep love for Mona, is furious with his solicitors for not being more diplomatic. However, the matter resolves itself when the three English solicitors are caught visiting the notorious bawdy house of Belle Brezing, the most famous madam in the South. Ooops! Events are made worse when one of them turns up dead in the bed of a lady-of-the-evening.

Now Mona and Robert must find the culprit before their reputations are torn to shreds by their enemies. Fast-moving events threaten to turn Mona’s world upside-down as she is confronted with seemingly impossible decisions to make.

Should she marry Robert Farley or not?

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21 responses to “First Line Friday (week 273): Murder Under a New Moon

  1. Debra J Pruss

    Safe House Exposed by Darlene L. Turner. “Fork lightening flashed from one dark , haunting cloud to another, sending a shiver bolting throughout police constable Mason James body.” This is an ARC.

  2. Kay Garrett

    By the time Dodge got to the hospital, he’d already broken his first promise.
    SUNRISE by Susan May Warren

  3. Would love to win a print copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway. As always, looking forward daily to find time to read more CF books! Thanks and God bless!

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter. I am really enjoying it! I’m just starting chapter 7, so I’ll share from there.
    “It was amazing how much could change over a weekend.”
    Truer words! LOL!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with relaxing reading time.

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Chapter 1 of To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna White:

    11 July. Samson, Isles of Scilly
    “Beth Tremayne crept silently through the creaking doorway of the abandoned cottage as the first stokes of dawn painted the sky over the islands.”

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Magdalena Beachy strolled to the dessert table and squinted against the hot sun.
    Magdalena’s Choice by Molly Jebber

  7. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Riverbend Gap from Denise Hunter: This is going to leave a bruise. Katelyn Loveland stomped on the brakes of her Honda Civic.

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