First Lines Fridays

Hi, friends! I hope today is treating you all right and you’re staying sane during these strange times.

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!

Ballard and Jenkins rolled up on the house on El Centro shortly before midnight. It was the first call of the shift. There was already a patrol cruiser at the curb out front and Ballard recognized the two blue suiters standing on the front porch of the bungalow with a gray-haired woman in a bathrobe.


Sound familiar? Any guesses?

The Late Show (Renée Ballard #1) by Michael Connelly

July 18th 2017 from Little, Brown and Company


Summary: Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.


This is one of my current reads. I began it this morning shortly after waking up (sometimes I read while still in bed as my brain’s coming online lol). Because the new season of Bosch, one of my favorite TV series, became available today, I was thinking yesterday about reading Michael Connelly’s books. Bosch is an Amazon original based on Connelly’s Harry Bosch series of detective novels.

A still from season two of Bosch.

I was able to check out the first book in Michael Connelly’s newest series about LAPD detective Renée Ballard thanks to Overdrive and my local library. I’m not crazy about the premise of the book, but I like Ballard so far.


Until next time, friends. Happy reading and stay safe.

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