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Teaser Tuesday 14/06/2011

My teaser lines this week, come from a book which is sitting comfortably beside my current book, and is next on the list to be read.

I would have used my current book for this meme, but as I have used that to prepare a post for ‘Book Beginnings’ on Friday, it seemed that if I used it again today, those of you who support both memes, would know just a little too much about the storyline.

I am looking forward to this book, as the author P.D. James is always a joy to read, fantastic, gutsy crime writing at it’s best …. The Amazon link will take you to a full synopsis, if you want to check it out.

‘Death Of An Expert Witness’ by P.D. James

Random page 195

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“She looked across at her mother and was suddenly appalled. She had only seen her look like this once before, the night when she had her second miscarriage and had been told by old Dr Greene that there could never now be another baby. Brenda had only been twelve at the time. But her mother’s face, suddenly remembered, had looked exactly as it did now, as if an obliterating hand had passed over it, wiping off brightness, blunting the contours of cheek and brow, dulling the eyes, leaving an amorphous mask of desolation.”


Why Not Take Part In ‘Tuesday Teasers’ – It’s Great Fun And Easy To Do

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

1. Grab your current read.

2. Open to a random page.

3. Share two “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.

4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences, that give away too much about the book.

5. Remember to share the title and author too.

6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it.

Don’t forget that myself, MizB and all the participants of the meme, love to receive your comments and thoughts, so it would be great to hear from you.

Looking forward to sharing all your great teaser lines this week.


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    • Hi Jennifer,

      Crime fiction is certainly one of my favourite genres and P.D. James one of the best exponents of the genre, so I am hoping for great things from this book.

  • Years since I’ve read any P.D. James. Many years ago I was addicted to the Dalgleish dramas starring the wonderful Roy Marsden. 🙂

    • Hi Cath,

      Same here, we shouldn’t really be showing our age in this way!!! If we are talking of Roy Marsden playing Dalgliesh, we are talking of a span of 15 years, starting in 1983!!!!


      I’m not really sure where this book came from, I just spotted it in my TBR pile and decided to give it an airing. It’s quite a new looking copy published in 2002, so my guess is a charity shop.

      • Yes, I can well believe it was that long ago. He was the best Dalgleish, imo, and really… I have to confess… I had quite a big crush on him for years, starting with his role in The Sandbaggers. Such a lovely speaking voice too.

        • Hi Cath,

          I can’t recall ‘The Sandbaggers’ at all, but I think my first real memory of Roy Marsden, was in ‘Space 1999’.

          I wasn’t so keen when Martin Shaw took over as Dalgliesh, I suppose because Roy Marsden had become so typecast in the role.

          Martin Shaw as an actor, has certainly stood the test of time and I think would probably have been one of my very first crushes, when he starred in ‘The Professionals’

    • Hi Kyanara,

      Beautifully written maybe, but the lines make me feel sad and desolate, like all hope is lost.

      I can’t wait to discover just what she is so desolate about, that could equal losing a child!!

    • Hi Pam,

      Knowing P.D. James’s penchant for murder, I am sure that the teaser lines will relate to something suitably sad and horrific. I did love the phrasing of that particular sentence though.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      As I haven’t started on this book yet, the lines come from a completely random page, so I was quite impressed to have found such great words.

      It has made me determined to get to the book as quickly as possible, to discover what has made this poor woman so distraught.

    • Hi Lisa-Marie,

      P.D. James is a great exponent of crime writing, but always with a studied eye for quality of the writing contained within the story, always very carefully considered and executed.

    • Hi Julie,

      If it is a face that she last made when she lost a baby, then I suspect that it has to be something pretty bad.

      P.D. James, is the master of suspense, so I am sure it will be an agonising wait to discover the cause of her distress.

    • Hi Mary-Ann,

      This is not quite such a spooky read as your teaser book, I suspect.

      But I am certain that there will be enough thrills and suspense at the hands of this accomplished author, not to mention a few dead bodies along the way, no doubt.

      If you like crime fiction, this is a great author to introduce into your repertoire, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

  • Hi Yvonne! thanks so much for commenting on my teaser.

    I’m terrible…it’s not unusual at all for me to be juggling 2 or 3 books at a time! The only exception is if I’m reading one that I simply can’t put down.

    I rarely read non-fiction, but Son of Hamas sounded very intriguing to me.

    I love your blog, and I’ve always wanted to go to England!

    Cindy @Cindy’s Book Club

    • Hi Cindy,

      It’s great to ‘meet’ you, thanks for stopping by and commenting, it’s much appreciated.

      I can’t juggle reading with multiple books, I like to start and finish one book at a time.

      I used to read lots more books and more quickly than I do now, but with so many other demands on my time, reading has had to take something of a back seat. I am amazed at the speed with which some bloggers will read a book, witnessed by their burgeoning ‘Monday Mailbox’ posts, I am quite jealous.

      I am longing to finish the book I have started at the moment (which is fantastic by the way), so that I can start on the book highlighted in this post. I am definitely ready for a fix of great British crime fiction.

    • Hi Shelley,

      This is the first P.D. James I have read in a long time as well, so I am looking forward to it.

      Crime is one of my favourite genres, but these days I also tend to like something with good characterization in it, so from this passage at least, the book sounds full of promise.

      Because of the stereotyping of Roy Marsden as James’s character Dalgliesh in the television adaptations of the books, I always think of the written words as being ‘well spoken’ and that’s another reason I am so looking forward to this story.

  • P. D. James really is a master of crime fiction. I think I’ve read all of her books and enjoyed each one. That’s a great teaser and if my To Be Read pile wasn’t so huge, you’d be tempting me to re-read that particular book 🙂

    • Hi Carole,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is much appreciated, and is always a pleasure to ‘meet’ new people.

      I read quite a few of her books many years ago, but nothing recently, so this will be a treat for me.

      She is the epitome of British crime fiction writing and I have just noticed, that at some point ‘Private Patient’ has snuck its way into my TBR pile.

      At the moment it is quite near to the bottom of the heap, but we have more new bookshelves being delivered soon, so in the ensuing big sort out, I’m sure it will find its way closer to the top of the pile!!

    • Hi KB,

      Great to ‘meet’ you, thanks for stopping by.

      As I am not yet reading this book, the teaser lines were taken from a completely random page, so I think I was quite lucky to find such descriptive and challenging lines, just like that!

      They make you just need to know more, don’t they?

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