#BookBeginnings The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi


In a real visit to the library, I picked up The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi to read 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!



The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

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Summary:   When editor Julia Hart contacts retired mathematics professor Grant McAllister about republishing the book of seven mystery stories he had written 30 years ago, he agrees. As they read through the old stories, Julia notices inconsistencies. Are the problems mistakes or are they clues to a real life mystery?

First Sentence:

Spain, 1930

The two suspects sat on mismatched furniture in the white and almost featureless lounge, waiting for something to happen.


Based on the date, this is the first story of main character McAllister’s book, therefore a fictional book within a book of fiction.  I love the layer upon layer aspects of metafiction, so I’m excited to get started with this one. I’m already seeing possibilities for deeper meaning.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


“Morning, Maggie,” she said to her sister. “What are you two doing?”

Rose stood up. “It’s afternoon, silly.”


Based on the names of the characters, this is likely another of McAllister’s stories . I haven’t read this far, so I’m not sure what is going on. I do wonder about the mistake with the time of day.

What do you think? Do you enjoy metafiction? Have you read this book?


  1. Mark Baker

    I definitely enjoy Metafiction when done well. I don’t think I’d heard of this one, but I’m intrigued.

    • Roberta

      I’m going to look for Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders next because it is apparently also metafiction.

  2. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den

    You know, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and keep meaning to pick it up and haven’t yet. I didn’t realize it had the book within a book sort of trope, but that’s really interesting! It’s one of my favorite tropes. I think I definitely need to check this one out now. Enjoy your reading!

    Here’s my Friday post.

    • Roberta

      What’s better than a book in a book?

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Now I am curious! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

    • Roberta

      We’ll see how it goes, but I like it so far.

  4. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    The book has an interesting premise.

  5. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I’m curious for more! Happy weekend!

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    This one is going on my tbr! Thanks for introducing me!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. Yvonne

    This sounds good. I’ll have to check it out.

  8. Ashley S.

    I love the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  9. Literary Feline

    It can be tricky writing stories within stories but when it’s well done, it can be quite wonderful. I hope that this one proves so for you! I hope you have a great weekend.

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