Thanks for all the comments on Wednesday's first and last lines. Everyone has unique preferences for what they like and look for - though people seemed to enjoy #10 for the opening. The answers for your favorite ending were pretty varied.
It’s also really interesting that there wasn’t a book that stood out as a clear winner for both opening AND closing.
Here are the mystery books I used with the corresponding numbers of their openings and closings.
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
#9 Lessa woke, cold.
#3 Mother of us all, he was glad that now, of all times conceivable, he, F’lar, rider of bronze Mnementh, was a dragonman of Pern.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
#1 Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
#7 “They don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer…”
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
#11 I’d never given much thought to how I would die—though I’d had reason enough in the last few months—but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.
#9 And he leaned down to press his cold lips once more to my throat.
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
#4 When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
#3 I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.
The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
#5 Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them.
#1 His ladies would be waiting.
Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
#7 Ash fell from the sky.
#5 Vin closed her eyes, simply feeling the warmth of being held. And realized that was all shehad ever really wanted.
Fool Moon, Jim Butcher
#8 I never used to keep close track of the phases of the moon.
#6 I settled back to ask Susan over, and enjoyed the warmth of the fire.
The Demon’s Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
#2 The pipe under the sink was leaking again.
#8 He felt grounded and at home already under his brother’s gentle human hands.
The Ten Thousand, Paul Kearney
#3 By the sea, Rictus had been born, and now it was by the sea that he would die.
#10 Her mule was hobbled on the hill behind, and upon it Jason’s black armour glittered cold in the sun.
A Devil in the Details, K.A. Stewart
#10 There’s a certain sound the human head makes when it hits the trunk of a tree.
#11 Have I mentioned how much I love my wife?
Bloodfever, Karen Marie Moning
#12 All of us have our little problems and insecurities.
#4 What had changed was me.
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
#6 Even in high summer, Tintagel was a haunted place; Igraine, Lady of Duke Gorlois, looked out over the sea from the headland.
#12 Her work was done.
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
#13 It was night again.
#13 It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.