First Line Friday — Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

8 Dec

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. To get in on the fun, just grab the nearest book, turn to the first page, and share the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books to discover the first lines that are entertaining other bloggers.

My first line comes from the third book in the Murder in The Mountains series by Heather Day Gilbert, Guilt by Association. I love love, love this series and am eager to join Tess on her mysterious and murderous ramblings. The first line of the Prologue sounds positive, BUT . . . .



Tess Spencer hadn’t planned on returning to her hometown, but when her ex-prisoner mom puts in a special request, Tess overcomes her hesitance to help her turn over a new leaf. Pearletta Vee’s drug-dealing past is resurrected when the body of an overdosed teen shows up — right next to her trailer. Tess decides to stick around and investigate, yet the evidence is stacked against Pearletta. Tess suspects a setup — but why? Never one to back down from a challenge, Tess takes on a wayward teen, an abusive grandma, and more than one drug dealer in her quest for the truth. But it’s going to take a miracle to keep her from becoming a casualty in her own personal war on drugs. Plunging into the shadowy reality of the drug epidemic in West Virginia, Guilt by Association is the third book in the award-winning Murder in the Mountains mystery series.


Heather Day Gilbert, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and contemporary mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership”.

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at


What’s your first line?

10 Responses to “First Line Friday — Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert”

  1. susandyer1962 December 8, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My first line is from the book I’m reading next, Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley….

    People never ask me the right question when they ask me what happened the beginning of my senior year. They always ask what his last words were.

    Have a great weekend!!

    • rbclibrary December 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      Oh no!

  2. Suzanne Sellner December 8, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Crack! Susanna Schwartz jolted. (from The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray)

    • rbclibrary December 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      Way to get your heart started!

  3. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog December 8, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    *Yet another book/series I need to add to my TBR!* I think I do have the first one, though, as an ebook! 🙂

    Here’s the first line of my current read: “Reba Farwell wasn’t planning on being there that long.” – One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw

    • rbclibrary December 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      It is really good. I’ve been snowed in without power. Thankful for Heather’s book on my kindle!

  4. Carrie December 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    such a pretty book!! My current first line is from Julie Lessman’s For Love of Liberty – “Abominable.” 🙂

    • rbclibrary December 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

      Short, sweet, and scary!

  5. Paula Shreckhise December 8, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    The euphoria of winning a hard case vied in her thoughts with wondering what came next as Hayden McCarthy left the Alexandria courthouse. From Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

    • rbclibrary December 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      That book looks so good!

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