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‘The Hapless Valet’ by Lenhardt Stevens

As soon as he stepped from the ladder, the trap door slammed shut above him. Geraldo squinted in the near darkness; wrinkles fanned from his dark oaken eyes.

“Hijo de puta!” He swore. “What gives Be-Bop?”

A click and a string of clear and buzzing Christmas lights lined the ceiling. The walls of the tunnel materialized in a mist of light and ran several paces and elbowed to the left. It was damp and cut through earth; the unevenly spaced iron I-beams supporting the ceiling were bent and rusted. Geraldo gazed up to the trap door and shouted ….


A character called Geraldo, with dark, oaken eyes … there’s one good reason to keep on reading, for sure!

Your host of Book Beginnings On Friday, Gilion, has already published an excellent review of this book, so why not make a second stop after you have linked up and see what she had to say!



A picture button for book beginnings at Rose City ReaderWould the first few lines of your book make you want to read on?

If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

Click here and visit Gilion @ Rose City Reader

You can then leave a link to your own book beginnings post, or just browse for some great reads, there are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of  ‘The Hapless Valet’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Lenhardt Stevens.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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    • Hi Tracy,

      ‘Draper Burns’ (don’t you just love the name, I must ask the author how he came up with it!), sounds a bit like a ‘Jeeves’ character. A real mystery caper is on offer here and I have discovered that I quite like this genre, so I am looking forward to ‘The Hapless Valet’.

      I can’t wait to find out who this ‘Geraldo’ character is and why he has descended a ladder under a trap door … it sounds a bit like a bad magic act, gone wrong!!

      Thanks for the comments and I hope that you have a great weekend, despite the awful weather they reckon is heading our way!

    • Hi Sandra,

      I have obviously have the advantage of having read the synopsis, for this great sounding mystery caper, however I am still bemused and confused by those opening few lines.

      It all sounds quite a serious and worrying situation, until the Christmas lights are mentioned … now I just don’t know what to think.

      I can’t wait to start reading this book.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Naida,

      I never really took much notice of that line, although I guessed that was roughly what it probably meant.

      Now, when you brought my attention back to it, I of course just had to look it up!

      You are definitely a bad influence on me! LOL!

      This sounds like a book that I am really going to enjoy, I’ll keep you posted if anything else comes up in Spanish!

      Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Aloi,

      I shall really have to watch what I am consigning to print in my posts, shan’t I? I keep forgetting there are all you lovely bloggers out there who speak many different languages.

      There are already quite a few Spanish words coming up which I have had to check out … My ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ post is going to be interesting for some time to come!!

      Thanks for checking out the post and taking the time to leave a comment, I appreciate it.

  • Those first lines sound read interesting and I would love to find out what follows! I hope you enjoy it as I’m looking forward to your review already.

    Also loving the cover 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have only recently discovered that I enjoy reading books in the genre of the ‘mystery caper’, so I was especially pleased when the author contacted me about ‘The Hapless Valet’.

      There are some great covers on books in this genre and this one is no exception and I love the title also, although I so far my valet has seemed to be anything but hapless .. but then I am only a short way into the story.

      I am going to have to have my wits about me for this book I think, as even within the first few pages, there is a profusion of strange and eccentric characters and it is going to be all too easy to lose track of everyone otherwise!

      It’s great to hear from you, hope you are well …

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