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The Devil’s Dice
by Roz Watkins
First Lines

image of a woman sat reading by an open window - caption reads 'will these first few lines capture our imagination' - used as the image for Book Beginnings / First Lines, posts


This is a great meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover image of the book 'The Devil's Dice' by author Roz Watkins




“The man clambered into the cave on shaking legs, sucked in a lungful of stale air and stared wide-eyed into the blackness. When the dark mellowed, he shuffled inside and sank onto the seat that a long-dead troglodyte had hewn into the cave wall. The familiar coldness seeped through his trousers and into his flesh. The discomfort pleased him.

He fished out his torch and stood it upright, so the light beamed up and bounced onto the glistening floor. Bats hung above him, their tiny feet grasping at the rock, furry bodies tucked into cavities.

The solitude was soothing. No judgemental glances from colleagues. No clients clamouring for his attention like swarms of angry insects. No wife shooting arrows of disappointment his way”

Cover image of the book 'The Devil's Dice' by author Roz Watkins


“I accelerated up the lane, tyres skidding in the mud, and prayed to the gods of murder investigations. Please bestow upon me the competence to act like a proper detective and not screw up in my new job.

The gods were silent, but my boss’s voice boomed from the hands-free phone. “Meg, did you get the details? Body in a cave… almond smell… philosophy book…”

Cover image of the book 'The Devil's Dice' by author Roz Watkins

So, you have taken a look, would those opening lines make you want to read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise.

Image of author Roz Watkins



Cover image of the book 'The Devil's Dice' by author Roz WatkinsA SHOCKING DEATH – A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.

A SINISTER MESSAGE – Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder.

There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man’s initials, and it’s been there for over a century.

A DEADLY GAME – As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets.

The murderer is playing games with Meg and the dice are loaded…

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You might also like to visit the meme moderator, Gilion, over at ‘Rose City Reader‘, where you can share links to the book beginnings from her own reading schedule and that of many of our fellow bloggers.

There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered, and you never know where that next ‘must read’ is going to come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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