This week my book beginning and page 56 come from a new author to me, Andrea Camilleri's Hunting Season.
Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader
"The steam packet boat that delivered the post from Palermo, the Re d'Italia - which Sicilians stubbornly continued to the the Franceschiello out of a combination of habit, laziness, and homage to the Bourbon king who had instituted the service - moored, dead on time, at two o'clock in the afternoon of 1 January 1880, in the harbour of Vigàta."
The Friday 56 (p. 55-56) hosted by Freda's Voice
"'That was me, my friend. I'd bought two rockets to set off on San Calorio's day, but then I couldn't do it because we were in mourning. So I tried them at home.''In the middle of the night?''Why, is there a specific time of day or night for setting off rockets at home?'"
My review of the novel under link above. Quite a different book, bordering on reality and magic.