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~ First Lines Friday – #23 (November 12, 2021) ~

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!


“If Sir Horace did not desist from his asinine talk about what constituted appropriate conversation for a lady, she would do one of them an injury, though Lady Katherine Bascomb, hiding her scowl behind her fan.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This is the first novel in a historical romance mystery series.


Hint 2: Each novel can be read as a standalone.

This week’s book is:

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady’s Guide #1) by Manda Collins!

Published November 10th 2020

England, 1865 : As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are praying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.


Similar to last week’s pick, I have received the ARC for the sequel in the series while still needing to read the first. Even though this series has a different main character for each installment, I still prefer to try to read them in order. The second novel, An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire, will focus on Miss Caroline Hardcastle, who is a secondary character in this novel. The first lines are part of the prologue, which gives an introduction to Lady Katherine Bascomb before the mystery portion of the story takes shape.


  • Have you read A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

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