Friday, 1 April 2011

Book Blurb Friday #5 A little more than a little

This meme is hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro at ‘Writing in the Buff’ J
 Each week she posts a photo that could be the cover of a book. The aim is to:
‘Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.’
Click here to read more blurbs. 
Photo copyright Joey Claro

A little more than a little is by much too much

Botanist Stephen Beaumont has travelled the world seeking new species. He is astonished one day to discover that an unusual plant has appeared overnight on a tree in his garden. Thinking that some of his students are playing a prank he ignores it but by the next day the tree is swathed in rosy inflorescences that give off an offensive, sickening odour.

Insects are attracted but fall dead after visiting. Inspecting the flowers Professor Beaumont finds they do not resemble anything he has ever seen. Despite his routine hygiene practice he develops an unsightly rash and breathing difficulties. 

Collapsing at work he is rushed into hospital.  Mystified medical staff urgently seek some way of alleviating his suffering. Conventional medicine has no effect – could homeopathy be the answer? Medical consultant and alternative practitioners come head to head. 

Will professional pride prevent compromise? Will Stephen Beaumont survive? Where did the flowers originate?

(150  words excluding title)

21 comments:

  1. Howdy!

    Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)

    http://dianeestrella.com/?p=5099

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  2. Oh, my! I love the sound of this, strange plants, weird health problems, a little of everything for a great mystery/thriller. I'd want to read the whole thing.

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  3. I would have to buy this for my son-in-law, an entymologist. Such an imagination!

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  4. Oh ... who doesn't love a good botany thriller?

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  5. Howdy!

    Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)

    http://dianeestrella.com/?p=5099

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  6. Ooh! Shades of 'Little Shop of Horrors' here. I love it. Sounds like a great read.

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  7. Nice! I love how you stick up for Homeopathic meds here too, lol. What an interesting mystery with lots of underlying tension. I can't wait to read the rest.

    Have a great weekend,

    Kathy M.

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  8. I love mysteries like this! A great jacket blurb.

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  9. This sounds like something Robin Cook might, er...cook up! A medical mystery thriller--how marvelous! Great blurb.

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  10. Mighty strange happenings. You have me intrigued!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  11. I think it would be cool if beaumont slowly turned into some sort of human mushroom. And the morel to THAT is...

    PS--I see spammer Diane can't even remember who she has already hit.

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  12. Nice job...sounds well thought out and inticing to readers!

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  13. Great blurb, Janice! The plot could be the basis for an episode of House!

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  14. I agree with Lisa, it immediately made me think of Robin Cook.

    Imagine the havoc that would ensue when those plants release pollen into the air!

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  15. I like the sound of this, I would have to buy that book to find out more about the plant.

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  16. As with all the BBFs, I'm ready to read the book!

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  17. I like the Robin Cook/Michael Crichton direction you took this blurb in...

    Alas, I took a more lighthearted approach.

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  18. I truly think horror-ticultural novels should be a new genre. Love this take. Love it.

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