Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The governments and agencies pursuing these investigations had varying goals; but they were united on one issue. The Sloan was not, by a puerile insistence on its commercial rights, to imperil the unexpected accord which had suddenly emerged between East and West.

From Murder Against the Grain by Emma Lathen (written 1967).

You have to love a mystery writer that will use the word puerile.

And because I was playing by the rules and picked a page at random, I was not able to use this still-true sentence: "Banks do not expect to bear risks; they expect to fob them off onto their unfortunate customers." Nor was I able to talk about the troupe of trained otters. Ah well. Enjoy.


Lorin said...

Trained otters?? I want some!

jlshall said...

Evil bankers and trained otters, too? Sounds like a great read. Wonderful teaser!

Here's mine.

Anonymous said...


Mine's Here

Kaye said...

This makes me want that book! My teaser is here

Phyl said...

Okay, the trained otters alone make this a desirable book. Heehee! Great teaser.

Meanwhile, my own teaser is at Bookishgal.

Emma Michaels said...

I want a trained otter! Great teaser! I subscribed! Here is my teaser if you are interested: http://emmamichaels.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday_26.html

Molly said...

Having read and loved Emma Lathan's John Putnam Thatcher mysteries my whole life, I can provide a specific otter tease:

"...these were Russian otters, fresh from a triumphal tour of Europe, quivering with eagerness to show American audiences that the genus lutra had nothing to learn from the Lippizaners. The otters could sing "The Volga Boatmen", dance a rousing mazurska and assemble a three-stage rocket."

And, really, it gets even better than that.

jantoepfer said...

Well, I have read many Emma Lathan mysteries over the years, but I don't think I have come across Otters. Considering that I wanted to be reincarnated as one when I was in my 20's, I guess I better read this one. Love Mom

Lorin said...

My incredibly odd dream last night featured - wait for it - a trained otter. Wearing a little sweater and fetching a ball. Clearly your blog has invaded my subconscious.

Laura Toepfer said...

The otters are truly excellent. I hope you will enjoy them, whether in written or dream form.