I absolutely loved the first sentence, so I've been waiting to share it as part of Book Beginnings on Friday.
The murder weapon lay on a black velvet cloth, traces of blood so deeply embedded in the carved hilt that centuries of wear hadn't eroded the terror it could still induce in the viewer.
That kind of opening for a mystery novel is enough to make me grin and keep reading.
Now, I read this book via an ARC, so my take on the Friday 56 might differ from others. But here is sentence 5 from page 56 from the ARC edition:
Suddenly feeling chilly in the vast grand room of the museum, surrounded by symbols of murder and mystery, I hugged myself.I had miscounted when I looked at this book originally. That's a much better sentence than the one I thought I'd be using.