First Line Friday — False Pretense

13 May

Happy Friday! Tomorrow is my birthday, so I will be treating myself to a little reading. Just like every other day of the year, LOL! Seriously though, I am so excited to begin False Pretense, the final book in the Murder in The Mountains series by Heather Day Gilbert. I love main character Tess Spencer, and while I am looking forward to this book, I know I will be a little sad that the series is ending. If you haven’t read this 4-book series yet, you are in for a treat.

Here’s the first line:

A layer of frost has coated the grass as I step outside and take a deep breath of the October morning air.

Beloved amateur sleuth Tess Spencer returns in this fourth and final Murder in the Mountains mystery.

Tess has her work cut out for her—from her day job at the police station to her nights on the campaign trail with her husband, she’s stretched thin. Her two young children also keep her busy, but thankfully she has a supportive mother-in-law who lives just next door.

When the legendary Mothman makes a terrifying appearance and a local librarian goes missing, Tess feels compelled to get involved, convinced something evil has been unleashed on her little town. Then another woman disappears—this one bearing an eerie resemblance to Tess—and the police receive a cryptic message hinting that a serial killer is on the prowl.

After a nightmarish turn of events completely upends the Spencer family, Tess musters her courage to hunt for the monstrous murderer in the woods…even if she has to walk straight into the Mothman’s lair to do it.

False Pretense brings a stunning and memorable conclusion to the award-winning Murder in the Mountains series.

8 Responses to “First Line Friday — False Pretense”

  1. Becky W. May 13, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

    I forgot about this series. I loved the first book but haven’t gotten to the others yet. I’ll have to get back to it soon! Thanks for reminding me! Have a great birthday!

  2. Barbara Harper May 13, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

    Happy birthday tomorrow!

  3. Nicole Santana May 13, 2022 at 2:56 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Potiphar’s Wife by Mesu Andrews.
    “Potiphar escaped his chamber with the relief of a prisoner on the run.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend filled with fun reading time. 😀❤📚

  4. KymPossible May 13, 2022 at 10:52 pm #

    Great descriptive first line, and a lovely cover! Happy Reading!

  5. Cindy Davis May 14, 2022 at 7:22 am #

    Nice, vivid first line.

  6. Paula Shreckhise May 14, 2022 at 4:06 pm #

    My first line this week is from When The Meadow Blooms by Ann Gabhart:
    February 27, 1925
    “You will never be completely well. Tuberculosis leaves it’s mark on your lungs.”

    Ive beeb meaning to read Heather Day Gilbert!

  7. Danielle Grandinetti May 15, 2022 at 10:33 am #

    The cover of this one always draws me in. I just started At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings and the first line is: “Behind the massive marble building where even in May the crisp sea air never chased away the odors ground unto the cobblestone, the newsboys and shoe-shinners gathered, waiting in her.”

    On my blog is the first line is from To Tame a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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