Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday.

Today’s feature is one of my newest books:  What To Do When Someone Dies, by Nicci French.


Book Beginning:

Moments when your life changes:  there will always be a before and an after, separated, perhaps, by a knock at the door.  I had been interrupted.  I was tidying up.  I had cleared up yesterday’s newspapers, old envelopes, scraps of paper, left them in the basket by the grate ready to make a fire after supper.


Friday 56:

“There’s nothing to tell,” I said, as I sat in the chair he pulled out for me.  “There wasn’t anything strange.”



Ellie Falkner’s world has been destroyed. Her husband, Greg, died in a car crash—and he wasn’t alone. In the passenger seat was the body of Milena Livingstone, a woman Ellie’s never heard of. But Ellie refuses to leap to the obvious conclusion, despite the whispers and suspicions of those around her. Maybe it’s the grief, but Ellie has to find out who this woman was—and prove Greg wasn’t having an affair. And soon she is chillingly certain their deaths were no accident.

Are Ellie’s accusations of murder her way of avoiding the truth about her marriage? Or does an even more sinister discovery await her?


I love this author, so I’m eager to dive in.  What do you think?



  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Nicci French is always a good one, and I am absolutely intrigued by that penultimate question of the blurb, is she lying to herself to avoid the truth?! I also like the coziness but growing dread of the opening. I hope you enjoy this one and have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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