First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 31 | Firing Line by Mike Hollow

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Firing Line, book four in The Blitz Detective series by Mike Hollow. Here’s the first line:


She wondered what it would feel like in the instant your body was blown to pieces.

A bit macabre, but doesn’t it make you want to keep reading?

About Firing Line

Flames leap skyward from a blitzed factory in West Ham as an air raid destroys all in its path. When the blaze threatens neighbouring houses a volunteer fireman breaks in to rescue a trapped resident – but instead finds only the body of a young woman, strangled in her bedroom.

For Detective Inspector John Jago the scene brings back memories of the Soho Strangler. He suspects this woman had a secret – that she is not what she seems – and that this may be the root of her untimely end. Investigation reveals a drunken sailor may hold the key to what happened in Joan Lewis’s flat.

But his information points Jago towards family jealousies, violence, robbery, and the underworld of political terrorism. Was Joan as innocent as her friends claim, or was she mixed up in crime? Jago must unpick multifarious motives if he hopes to reach the truth.

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25 comments

  1. Goodness, that’s quite a first line!

    I have the first line from Sondra Kraak’s new release, Three Words and a Kiss, on my blog today, but right now I’m going to share the first two lines from my current read, ‘Justice’ by Emily Conrad, which releases on 9 March:

    “Snow floated onto Main Street, each flake large enough to catch the breeze like a parachute. A miniature army, launching a surprise invasion on March first.”

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Suzie W says:

    Well, that’s quite the first line! Yikes.

    I plan to start The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep this weekend, so I’ll share the first line from that book.

    “Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley.”

    Happy Friday!

  3. Caryl Kane says:

    OH.MY. What a terrifying first line!

    The turquoise water surrounded Kaia Oana in a warm, wet blanket of delight. – Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday!

    • My first line is terrifying, but in some ways it’s the worst of it. Yours is from a Colleen Coble novel, so while the first line sets an idyllic scene, we know things are going to get worse. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That’s a definite shocker of a first line!

    Happy Friday!

    Today I am showcasing the first line from Michelle Griep’s newest novel, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. I am loving the book. It is a page turner, and the hero is wonderful. I am just starting chapter 18, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    “Johanna opened the door to chaos, then stood there, jaw agape.”

  5. Wow! That’s quite the first line. Happy Friday! The book I’m sharing on my blog is an old one: The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick. Here, I will share Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer, “Peace and quiet. That’s all he sought.” Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Your cover and FLF sure caught my attention. I remember the London Blitzes. I had to check out the author. Today on my blog I am showcasing The Witches City series. I have just started NO CURE FOR THE DEAD, a Florence Nightingale story. CHAPTER 1 September 1853 Some said I must have been possessed by a demon to take on the position as superintendent at the Establishment for Gentlewomen

    • This is the fourth book in a series. I’ve read two of them, and now need to go back and read the others.

      Florence Nightingale has always fascinated me. I visited the Florence Nightingale Museum when I lived in London – it was very interesting. I’ll have to check that book out!

  7. Sophie says:

    WOW what a morbid thought! My lines for today: “Louisville, Kentucky, 2015

    All Allison wanted was for this conversation to be over. That and she hoped the ehavy gray clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today – sun or rain. She stood at the kitchen window, peeling old white paint off the sill as she waited for the Kentucky sky to make up its mind.

    Meanwhile, sitting behind her at the table, her lover, Cooper Mc Queen, gently ruined her life.” Happy Friday!

  8. Yvette says:

    I had never thought of it, but that must have been a common thought during the Blitz. And ‘multifarious’ is the best word I’ve read today! I’ll have to check this series out.

    I’m sharing from Karen Barnett’s The Road to Paradise on my blog today, so here I’ll share the first line from another book I hope to read soon, The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim:

    “Buffered by grassland, the collision is strangely quiet.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • Iola says:

      It’s an excellent series! Yes, I’m sure this character wasn’t the only person to have such morbid thoughts.

      I have The Alliance on my to-read pile. I should check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have been interested in Mike Hollow’s books for a while now. The only thing that has stopped me picking them up is that I have so much else to read. I might have to see if I can get them at the library now, though. I do like my historical mysteries.

    Happy Friday!

    • Iola says:

      I think you’d enjoy them. There is a lot of local flavour, and his journalistic background means there were no obvious factual errors.

  10. Philippa says:

    Blimey now that is a dramatic first line! That certainly sets the tone for the rest of the story.

    The first line I shared on my blog this week is a long one, so I will treat you to the first line of book I finished this week “It was a dark an stormy night” – from ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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