First Line Friday – 30 June 2017 – Over Maya Dead Body (Sandra Orchard)


I am both nervous and excited about today’s first line selection for you. If you have been following the Serena Jones series, you’ll know that there are two male characters who have an interest in Serena, but so far, Serena’s been somewhat oblivious to the romantic undercurrents (or in denial!) This is D-day folks! This is where we find out who Serena’s heart will turn to. And I’m not sure which is worse: the suspense of not knowing, or the disappointment for the man who will be let down. Aaarrrgggghhh!

More on that topic in days to come, but for today, let’s just look at the first line. Baby steps. Baby steps!

~ About the Book ~

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn’t take a vacation, and she’s soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications–and even a secret or two?

Amazon US  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

I snatched my bag off the luggage carousel at Boston’s Logan International Airport and plunked it next to my parents as a sticky-fingered urchin tried to liberate the brightly colored ribbons I’d tied to the handles.

Have you read any of Serena Jones’ mysteries? Are you #TeamNate or #TeamTanner, or perhaps still sitting on the fence?!

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  JaneReads ~ C Jane Read
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Trisha ~ Joy of Reading  //  Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes
Molly ~ Cafinated Reads  //  CJ ~ Moments Dipped in Ink  //  Andi ~ Radiant Light
Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower  //  Robin ~ Robin’s Nest  //  Sydney ~ Singing Librarian
Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise

If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.

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30 Responses to First Line Friday – 30 June 2017 – Over Maya Dead Body (Sandra Orchard)

  1. “The promised view of the mountain peak waited, cloaked in mist like a tissue-wrapped gift not ready to be unveiled.” ~The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

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  2. Your blog made me smile. I tried so hard to make the opening line “Don’t stare. It’s rude,” Serena’s mom scolded. Followed by “I’m paid to stare.” In keeping with the opening line mother references of the first two books, but…alas, this one seemed to need more setup. 😉

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  3. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday!
    My first line is from Rediscovering Americanism by Mark R. Levin: “I often wonder what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, George Mason, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founders would think about today’s America.

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  4. Amy M says:

    Can’t wait to read Over Maya Dead Body. I’m Team Tanner all the way, but am preparing myself for disappointment if Serena chooses Nate. Even so, I’ve enjoyed the books and the antics of all involved.

    My first line comes from “Letters From Skye” by Jessica Brockmole: “Dear Madam, I hope you won’t think me forward, but I wanted to write to express my admiration for your book, ‘From Eagle’s Aerie’. The whole book is written through letter form and it’s been extremely interesting, but I fear heartbreak is right around the corner.

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  5. I’ve not yet read any of her books. I’ve been a little hesitant to read murder mystery because I have such an active imagination and often it leads to vivid dreams. Not sure if I want to dream of murder. My husband may not appreciate my need to have lights on all night long 😉
    I borrowed my 9-year old son’s current read to share in the comments. This is a super fun mystery book for kids and one that’s been read more than once!

    “Voices sounded, but no one was there to hear them.”
    Treasure On Spy Glass Hill
    by: Paul B. Ricchuiti.


  6. The first two novels–A Fool and His Monet; Another Day Another Dali–are strictly art crime mysteries. They don’t start with a dead body. Over Maya Dead Body is a Maya antiquities murder mystery. There’s nothing graphic in the book. She doesn’t even see the body, so yeah, it depends on your imagination. They are lighthearted, so I doubt you’d find them disturbing in any way.

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  7. carylkane says:

    Happy Friday! I have the first book of Sandra’s series in my TBR.

    The stack of photographs slipped to the floor, splaying across the wood planks like wildflowers over a grassy meadow. – Strand of Deception by Robin Caroll

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  8. I love the whimsy in the title.

    Today I’m sharing the first line from “A Match Made in Alaska” over on my blog, but the first line I’m sharing here is from a book I recently finished, “Against the Tide” by Elizabeth Camden:

    Boston, 1876
    Lydia was embarrassed to wear a damp dress on the first day of school, but it rained last night while her clothes were strung across the boat’s rigging to dry.


  9. Paula says:

    My Heart Belongs in : Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels! Maude Welling’s twelve year old brother, Jack, raced across the waxed wood floor of the soda shop, straight toward her, then skidded to a halt.

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  10. I was born in Moscow in 1964. The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon.

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  11. Who doesn’t like a love triangle where the heroine is totally clueless!

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  12. JaneReads says:

    I keep hearing good things about this series and I love mysteries. I am going to have to add this to TBR pile. 🙂

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  13. Andi T says:

    I love the title. No I haven’t read any any the series. Happy 4th weekend!


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  15. Heather says:

    Happy Monday and Happy 4th of July!

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