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‘Murder At The River Bend Retirement Resort’
By Stan Schatt


Cover Image Of 'Murder At The River Bend Retirement Resort' By Stan SchattNobody would mistake the room for one that a realtor had carefully staged in hopes of a quick sale. The sofa’s fabric once might have been light brown or even off-white, but now the faded gray cushions failed to fluff up no matter how hard they were pounded. The living room’s 36-inch digital TV display hung on the one wall that wasn’t already covered with bookcases stacked in double rows that occasionally disgorged a book as if haughtily rejecting it because it didn’t match the quality of those books around it. The one shelf that stood out from the others surprisingly had ample room for far more books. It held only three paperbacks, each of which displayed the same signature line on its cover, “A Detective Romeo Winston Mystery.”

Miriam Lipsky couldn’t help feeling pride in her “children,” even though the three books had come relatively late in life and the meager number paled in comparison to the numbers produced by mystery writers such as James Patterson or Michael Connelly. Still, she knew whatever happiness the books brought her had to be balanced against the burden she knew she’d carry for the rest of her life.

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    • Hi Anne,

      Mmm! I’m not really sure that these lines conjure up the image of a retirement “Resort”, more like some rather unkempt old folks home. However as there is a already an emphasis being placed on the number of books in this particular room, my interest is definitely aroused!

      Thanks for being honest with your comments, it wouldn’t do if we all enjoyed every book we came across 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne!

    The book beginning does have a rather cozy theme to it – I can tell by the tone, it’s cozy, and not a fast paced thriller, if you get me. A little like an old fashioned Agatha Christie — you know exactly what you’re getting with this style of book and the title, of course!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here is mine: https://alternative-read.com/2017/09/22/tgif-friday56-read-with-instagram56-bookbeginnings-thetasteofbluelight-by-lydiaruffles-followfriday/

    The Taste of Blue Light – it’s a like a young adult’s version of The Bell Jar!

    Luv Sass

    P.S. I don’t want to be one to lower the tone, but it’s quite an unfortunate name this author has… Hope I’m not the only one who’s noticed!

    • Hi Sassy,

      I think that if you click on the link for the book blurb, you will soon come to realise that Miriam has been around the block a few times and is nothing like as ‘old maidish’ as Miss Marple. Maybe a little more like Jessica Fletcher in ‘Murder She Wrote’, especially as it sounds as though she fancies herself as something of a mystery writer!

      ‘Happy Reading’ and have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      Any book, which features books as soon as you open the first page, is definitely going to grab my attention!

      I too, am a little confused about Miriam’s burden, especially one she is convinced will stay with her forever. The premise certainly doesn’t portray Miriam as a little meek and mild mouse of a person, she has definitely seen plenty of life. However none of those things, whilst burdens in their individual time and place, wouldn’t seem to equate to such a vast and long lasting responsibility.

      “Curiouser and Curiouser” 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      This may not be an action packed beginning, but as you say, the very descriptive nature of Stan’s writing, means that I can almost picture the room both empty and filled with its residents, all sat around the television screen in a semi circle, with the books simply another ornament collecting dust. The walls must be painted in some utilitarian hospital shade of duck-egg blue or sludgy brown, with stained and floral patterned carpet to match!

      I am already trying to shake off the dusty, musty smell of the place – so I’m off to read your hopefully more uplifting ‘First Lines’. Have a good weekend 🙂

  • Well I can certainly relate to bookcases stacked in double rows! It sounds like (most of) those in my house! 😀

    I remember your first feature of this book and I still think it sounds like a fun, cozy mystery.

    • Hi Kelly,

      We have bookcases or book shelves in just about every room of the house and I can’t imagine how bare the place would look without them. They really are the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning and the last thing I see before going to sleep at night!

      And yes! they are all double (at least) stacked, which is really pointless, as I doubt that many of the books at the back or bottom, will ever see the light of day! – just like many of the books featured in those opening lines.

      The world of the cozy mystery is new to Stan’s repertoire and I have a feeling I am going to enjoy it 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Any story line which features books in any way, is always a winner as far as I am concerned. That this one features both a selection of generic books and an author with books she has written herself, is a real bonus!

      I wonder if Miriam will find the clue to solving the murder at River Bend from within the pages of one of her own books, or if the murderer has used the modus operandi from one of Miriam’s books as a copy cat way of committing the crime in the first place?

      I know this is a cozy mystery, however I always know that Stan will come up trumps with a good story line 🙂

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