Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Blurb Friday: leaves on steps

Each week, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff, posts a photo (this week by Lisa's daughter, Christina Claro) to serve as inspiration to writer-bloggers.

We are invited to imagine the photo as the front cover of a book, and to then write a maximum 150-word "blurb" for the back cover, to convince browsers to become buyers immediately.

Here is my submission for this week: a blurb for an Inspector Inverleith book by the inimitable Minnie Cooper.


Seldom did the tide on the Thames rise as high as the top set of steps, but there was sea-growth along the sides to prove it did, sometimes. Just before an upcoming record high tide, someone killed Kitty Kelly, and left her body on the top of the lower stairs.
In came the irrevocable waters, and away went Kitty Kelly, but not before someone had phoned the police to report seeing her body.
Inspector Inverleith was assigned the case, and the difficult job of finding out who killed her. Her ex-lover? Her present lover? Her angry father? Or the young man who looked so much like her, who had been abandoned as a newborn at the Thameside Church across the street?
What kind of mother, wondered the paparazzi, has a baby and leaves him—on the steps?
141 words
Posted for Lisa Ricard Claro’s
Book Blurb Friday
Thanks, Lisa!
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Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Whoa, Kay, you really put a lot of info into your 150 words! It sounds like a wonderful mystery, and I would buy it for sure.

Have a great weekend,


Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Great blurb! I love that you moved my back yard all the way to England, and made great use of that moss, as well. LOL You've also put out a number of hooks, so I'm off to the bookstore, now too!

I'll go into Mr. Linky and fix your name for you. :)

kaykuala said...

Kay, I'll buy the book based on your promo!


Lynn said...

Sounds interesting and you have me hooked to want to know more.

One said...

Oh! I want to read that book! Is it available yet?!!! :)

Rinkly Rimes said...

It was clever of you to leave the identity (and age) of the body until the end. It made it all the more intriguing.

Sandra Davies said...

I've added this to my must-have list - right up my street with the multiple characters and mysterious possibilities.

Jo said...

Oh *sigh* Kay, you are so gooood. I am hooked by the blurb and would buy the book! Have a great weekend. (((hugs))) Jo

Tammy said...

I love the mystery and intrigue you've put into this...all from some mossy steps! This browser wants to become a buyer.

Seasons said...

Not till the final question..."leaves" can have another, very sad and tragic meaning too. Well written, Kay!