~First Line Friday~ #CemeteryRoad, @gregiles

First Line is my favorite weekly post! Booklovers can share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading, just finished or just randomly grab one off your shelf…💗

This week my Friday First Line is a bit later than usual, but it is inspired by a newly released title from one of my favorite authors, Greg Iles. His most recent books are from the Natchez Burning Trilogy. If you enjoy a great mysteries, this is an awesome series! I loved them all!


First opening line

Chapter One

I never meant to kill my brother. I never set out to hate my father. I never dreamed I would bury my own son. Nor would I have imagined that I would betray the childhood friend who saved my life, or win a Pulitzer Prize for telling a lie. 

All these things I have done, yet most people I know would call me an honorable man. I wouldn’t go that far.

Title: Cemetery Road05EE4423-A9E3-423A-8739-40940BF12068.jpeg

Genre: Mystery

Author: Greg Iles

Pub Date:  March 5, 2019

Description(from Goodreads)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy(my fav) returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow.

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol—and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club.

When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court.

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam.

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

Have you read any Iles books? I’m super excited to read this one, I just picked it up today!!🤩

Here is the Natchez Burning Series. I will warn you, his books tend to be longer than most I read. Cemetery Road is just short of 600 pages but others are more like 800! You can’t exactly haul them everywhere you go very easily…I still did. (I will never be stranded without a book!) 🤓


I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your First Line…Even if you don’t have time for much reading, grab a book off your shelf and share a first line!

Who’s your favorite author?



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4 replies »

  1. My favorite author is constantly changing, but today it is Stanley Gordon West, who wrote “Blind Your Ponies.” This book should be required reading for all people living in western Montana. It is placed in Willow Creek, near Three Forks, Montana. The cafe is still there in its old glory and still serves the best ribs in the USA! The old tandem bike about which the book writes, is still propped up on the porch at Willow Creek Cafe. First line: “Looking back, Sam Pickett knew the trouble began that day at the State Fair when he was a boy, when the madness winked at him with a cold gray eye.”

    • Awe… that’s too bad you don’t have time for much reading. I know, the story starts off with a bang, doesn’t it?! I’m excited!

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