#BookBeginnings Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard

I just picked up Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Trace of Evil* by Alice Blanchard

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Summary:  Rookie police detective Natalie Lockhart wants to find out who killed Daisy Buckner, a schoolteacher whom everyone in their small Upstate New York community loved. The good news is Natalie has a suspect. The bad news is that the suspect lapsed into a coma right after Daisy’s death. Has she solved the case or is Daisy’s death somehow linked to the mysterious disappearance of nine transients?

First Sentence:

Detective Natalie Lockhart pulled into the cemetery and parked in front of a run-down church covered in ivy and twining vines, her hands tightening on the steering wheel. This part of the weed-choked graveyard was isolated and neglected.


The cover intrigued me, so I grabbed this at the library today. The premise indicates it is a police procedural novel, which I usually enjoy,  plus I wanted to find out more about the Upstate New York setting.

Why do you think she is visiting an old graveyard? Would you keep reading?


  1. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    Nope. I will not visit an old run down grave yard. We used to have one on the edge of my college campus. Often it would have been a short cut to walk through it, but I never did, even if I was late. My Friday Quotes

    • Roberta

      Avoiding cemeteries near campuses is wise.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great excerpt, and I love that cover!

    • Roberta

      Cover caught my eye, too.

      Thank you for visiting.

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I’m intrigued by the opening. I’m going to take a closer look at this book.

  4. Ashley S.

    Sounds like a great mystery. I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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