Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

“It was the smell – the smell of metal baking under the summer sun – that alerted Lena to the terrible fact that her getaway had been a failure.”

The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, a Ministry of Peculiar occurences novel

The Janus Affair is a humorous steampunk novel set in Victorian London. Poor Lena isn’t one of the main characters so she’s likely to meet with a fate that will start a Ministry investigation. Or rather an unofficial investigation because the main characters, Mr. Books and Miss Braun, are Ministry Archivists and not full agents. Who or what is Lena running from? That’s the mystery.