First Line Friday (week 379): Murder in Westminster

Posted February 1, 2024 by meezcarrie in clean, First Line Fridays, historical, mystery/suspense, Vanessa Riley / 9 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 delighted to feature the first line of Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley! I got to meet Vanessa last weekend at the Turning a New Page book festival in Perry, GA, and she was just as fun to talk to as I suspected she would be! This Regency mystery series has been on my TBR list for much too long so I’m going to be intentional about reading it as soon as I have a break in my already-scheduled review calendar.


Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley

and the first line of chapter 1 of Murder in Westminster is…

Something gripped my shoulder.


Abigail can’t divulge that she was attending a secret pro-abolition meeting at the time of the murder. To her surprise, Henderson offers her an alibi. Though he and Juliet were long estranged, he feels a certain loyalty to his late wife. Perhaps together, he and Abigail can learn the truth. . . . Abigail, whose marriage was not a love match, knows well how appearances can deceive—and how treacherous London’s high society can be. Yet who would have killed Juliet, and why? Taking the reins of her life in a way she never has before, Abby intends to find out—but she may uncover more danger than she ever imagined . . .

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9 responses to “First Line Friday (week 379): Murder in Westminster

  1. Gloria A

    I just finished Rocky Road by Becky Wade. The first line:
    Though they’d never met, Jude Camden was an expert on Gemma Clare.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line comes from The Irish Matchmaker by Jennifer Deible
    Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
    August 25, 1905
    The warning came far too late, and before Donal Bunratty could register what his daughter was saying, he was slammed into with the force of a locomotive.

  3. I just finished Fawkes, by Nadine Brandes, and it was the first line that grabbed me: “I wasn’t ready to turn to stone.” It’s YA historical fiction (1600’s) with a big dose of fantasy.

  4. Lelia “Lucy” Reynolds

    All My Secrets by Lynn Austin
    Adelaide Stanhope sat at her father’s graveside, as still and upright as the surrounding tombstones.

  5. Happy Saturday! 😀
    I’m just beginning While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden. I’ve only read chapters 1 & 2 so far, but they’re very pull-the-reader-in kind of chapters.
    “Keeping the forces of darkness and corruption at bay was a never-ending battle, but Jonathan would pay any price to keep his city safe.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend! 😀📚

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