First Line Friday: All That is Secret

Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Reading is my Superpower. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I’m sharing the first line of All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon. Be sure to check this one out!

And the first line is…

The little baby was four hours old. Still unwashed. Barely crying.

About the Book

It’s the winter of 1923 and Professor Annalee Spain―a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college–receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the murder of her beloved but estranged father.

For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young orphan boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome young pastor who loves nightclub dancing and fast cars–awakening Annalee’s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romance and love.

With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when her sleuthing unravels sinister motives and long-buried lies, will clever Annalee become a victim, too?


About the Author

Faith writer by day, mystery writer by night. Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author, essayist and novelist who writes top-rated books at the daring intersection of faith and race.

Her first fiction — an historical detective series, All That Is Secret, set in 1923 in Colorado’s Klan era — is due to release Oct. 5, 2021, from Tyndale House.

“Readers will be hooked from the first line…Captivating.” (Julie Cantrell) “Not only a good mystery, but a realistic insight into the African American experience in the 1920s in the West.” (Rhys Bowen) “Fast-paced and intriguing.” (Manuel Ramos) “Engrossing and thrilling….This intrepid sleuth would give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money.” (Sophfronia Scott).

For a deep dive into Patricia’s compelling world of faith and fiction, connect with her daring and insightful books—and receive a free download of her “Busy Person’s Guide to Hearing God” — at

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Post by contributor Toni Shiloh

4 thoughts on “First Line Friday: All That is Secret

  1. I can’t wait to read this one! My first line is: Grace Miller stepped cautiously across the lopsided porch of the old cabin, a deep sense of doom hanging over her small shoulders like a dark cloud.-from Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele

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  2. I’m anxious to read that one!
    My book is The Heart of a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund:
    She was going to drown. The Neosho River wrapped its cold fingers around Linnea Newberry and pulled her down.

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