First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday

Bibliophile by the Sea

Every Tuesday, Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometimes two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening paragraph. Feel free to grab the banner and play along!

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
A to Z Challenge book by title - paperback

"He was tall, about fifty, with darkly handsome, almost sinister features: a neatly trimmed mustache, hair turning sliver at the temples, and eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine - he could see out, but you couldn't see in. We were sitting in the living room of his Victorian house. It was a mansion, really, with fifteen-foot ceilings and large, well-proportioned rooms. A graceful spiral stairway rose from the center hall toward a domed skylight.  There was a ballroom on the second floor. It was Mercer House, one of the last of Savannah's great houses still in private hands. Together with the walled garden and the carriage house in back, it occupied an entire city block. If Mercer House was not quite the biggest private house in Savannah, it was certainly the most grandly furnished. Architectural Digest had devoted six pages to it. A book on the interiors of the world's great houses featured it alongside Sagamore Hill, Biltmore, and Chartwell. Mercer House was the envy of house-proud Savannah. Jim Williams lived in it alone."

 A to Z challenge by Title - Nook Book

By the Light of the Moon - Dean Koontz

 "Shortly before being knocked unconscious and bound to a chair, before being injected with an unknown substance against his will, and before discovering that the world was deeply mysterious in ways he'd never before imagined, Dylan O'Conner left his motel room and walked across the highway to a brightly lighted fast-food franchise to buy cheeseburgers, French fries, pocket pies with apple filling, and a vanilla milkshake."


  1. I have been wanting to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for a really long time, and this little snippet just confirms it for me. Off to see if the library has it! Thanks!

  2. What beautiful writing in Midnight. I love "eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine - he could see out, but you couldn't see in." Hope the rest of the book is that good.

  3. Great teasers. Can you believe that I have not read any of Koontz's books?

  4. Great intros...I have a copy of the first one and I've read nothing but good things about it. I haven't read a Koontz book in over twenty years!


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