Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First Paragraph, Tuesday Teaser -- The Midwife's Tale

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
This book is getting a lot of buzz so I picked it up -- The Midwife's Tale by Sam Thomas. But what I didn't know is that it's labeled "A Mystery." I don't usually read mysteries, but maybe I only mean mysteries with traditional detectives or other sleuths. I also rarely read books by men. Is that sexist of me? I'm still going to try it.
Here's the intro set in June 1644, York, England:
On the night I delivered Mercy Harris of a bastard child, the King's soldiers burned the city's suburbs and fell back within its walls to await the rebel assault.


Also this week is Teaser Tuesdays. Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Open to a random page of your current read and share a teaser sentence from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.
Here's my teaser from page 56:
"My lady, it was..." She groped for words. "I thought I saw the man from that night, the soldier," she whispered. "In the Shambles, peering at me from an alley."

What do you think? Would you keep reading? 

11 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh yes, I'd keep reading. I like what I've read about this one. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for joining in once again -- have a great week.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Hmm, intriguing...I do like stories about midwives, and I actually read another one recently on this topic: also by a man. (I don't usually read books by men, either, but it's because I'm interested primarily in women's issues, and men don't usually write those as well, IMO. LOL)

And I would keep reading.

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Catherine Healey said...

I would definitely keep reading, Paulita. Sounds like you're discovering a new genre to add to your reading list. Enjoy!

Here's my FCFPTO pick: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday.html

Kelley @ Another Novel Read said...

Yeah, I would definitely keep reading! I like mysteries, but not in the super-sleuth sense. More when there's just a mystery wrapped into another story.

FBC said...

I would keep reading! Thanks for stopping by my blog ~ Fantasy Book Chick

Have a great week!

JoAnn said...

This HAS been getting a lot of buzz recently. I'd keep reading!

Sim said...

A mystery by a man? NO stop reading this instant. JK as your kids say. I think it's great you're dabbling in a new genre - let's see how it turns out.

kelley jensen said...

yes, I'd keep reading. I do enjoy historical fiction. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Margot said...

I'd keep reading. I recently read The Midwife's Apprentice, a historical for children. I liked it a lot and now I'm interested in the subject.

Nise' said...

I do want to read this one.

Linda said...

While I love mysteries, I'm not a fan of books not in present time so I'm not sure. Maybe.....

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