First Line Friday — Critical Decision

21 Feb

Happy Friday! I am happy to be spotlighting Critical Decision, the newest medical suspense novella by Dr. Richard Mabry. He always delivers a fantastic reading experience — this time there’s a kidnapping and a murder plot. I am looking forward to diving into this book soon!

What’s your first line?


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It began with an innocent-appearing package on her front porch.

The box contained a cell phone, which rang as soon as she opened the package. A voice that called Dr. Kathy Hoover by name said that her husband had been kidnapped. To get him back she would have to poison one of her patients.

At first, she didn’t believe that her husband had been taken from the conference he was attending, but soon she discovered that the kidnappers really had Darren. If she wanted to see him again, she had to give medication that would murder Kelton Rush, former Vice-President. What was she to do? How would she handle this critical decision?

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.


13 Responses to “First Line Friday — Critical Decision”

  1. richardlmabry February 21, 2020 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks, Beckie–hope you enjoy it.

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 7:05 am #

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity! 🙂

  2. Paula Shreckhise February 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

    Richard Mabry is super!

    My first lines are from Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill
    Thirty Seconds. If they were still arguing, she’d call the cops then. Let the professionals deal with them.

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 7:06 am #

      I’ve got this one on my TBR shelf. Must read!

  3. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) February 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm #

    Happy Friday! I haven’t read any books by Richard Mabry. Today, I’m sharing the first line from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green: “Meg’s father was gone. Again.”

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 7:06 am #

      I have a NetGalley copy of this book calling my name!

  4. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog February 21, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    Ha! What a fun start!
    I’m sharing the first line of The Jane Austen Society on my blog today. I just started reading If For Any Reason by Courtney Walsh. Here’s the first line of chapter 1: “Emily Ackerman hummed when she was nervous.”

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 7:07 am #

      The Jane Austen Society looks like my kind of book. Enjoy your reading this weekend!

  5. Yvette - Bookworlder February 22, 2020 at 1:58 am #

    Happy Friday! On my blog I’m sharing the first line from a Mary Connealy book, Woman of Sunlight. Here’s the next line:

    “Her face was peppered with half-healed blisters left from having chicken pox, but she resisted the urge to slap her hands over her scabby cheeks.”

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 7:08 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. bellesmoma16 February 22, 2020 at 2:29 am #

    Happy Saturday! 😊
    Yesterday I shared the first few lines from Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters by Aspen Hadley. I’m just starting chapter 10, so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Sunday night I was lounging in the comfy over-stuffed chair in the corner of my room, flipping through an old copy of Pride and Prejudice that I’d read a few times.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. ❤📖

  7. lelandandbecky February 22, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “The Fifth Avenue Story Society” by Rachel Hauck:

    “Well this was a fine mess.”

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

      Loved that book!!

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