Friday, 20 May 2011

Book Blurb Friday #12


 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.’ 
Image copyright Sandra Davies

The third in the Museum Murder Mysteries series – Music has Charms to Sooth a Savage Beast (sic)

When the local museum is scheduled to undergo refurbishment the curator and her staff move the exhibits to adjoining storerooms.  Everything is stored by category, the bronze statues in one room, for example, musical instruments in another but when Miss Smithers checks before locking up and leaving the premises she is astonished to discover that things have been moved.

When the staff discover her lifeless body the following morning they are shocked to see how the statues have been rearranged. The musicians have been grouped together in a bizarre orchestra and the great Greek god stares down at the corpse while the two seated maidens are placed like umpires. More than that, there is blood on the claws and jaws of the stuffed tiger while St Francis averts his gaze. The tuba has been tucked under Miss Smithers’ arm. And why are the dolphins streaming water?
(146 words, excluding title)

17 comments:

  1. Excellent blurb! A mystery, a murder? Statues are always a little creepy and this has many elements of a terrific read!

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  2. As many people found this photo creepy as not and the way you have described this tale is superb.

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  3. Mystery and fantasy? Or murder made to look like fantasy? Only reading will tell! Good job!

    Find me on "Linky" under Wendy

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  4. Aha, you thought "orchestra" too, but with special twists. I love it, Janice.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  5. Oh my goodness. I would read this right now!

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  6. J. -

    WOW!!! Your story is amazing. It really gets my imagination flowing; the whole concept is very interesting. I hope that you keep on writing this story.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

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  7. Whoa, this really had the feel of sci-fi to it and that makes it all the more interesting! Things that "go bump in the night" kind of feeling. Good job. Love that it is number 3 in the series!


    ~Jean

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  8. Lots of mystery, murder and mayhem in this blurb. Defintely one I'd put on my Kindle download list. How? Why? What? I want to know!

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  9. A Midsummer murder ! I'll send you Chief Inspector Barnaby right away ! Meanwhile I try to find out why the dolphins are streaming water, to wash the blood away perhaps ??

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  10. wow! you have a way with words! amazing blurb!

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  11. Sounds intriguing. I think you need to write the rest of this book so we can figure whodunit and why!

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  12. Haha... very skillful and creative, Janice! Not a book I'd read though... don't do scary mystery novels. :-D

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  13. "St Francis averts his gaze" - great attention to detail!

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  14. You have just as many unanswered questions in your blurb as I do. Nice job.

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  15. You're at it agin; now write the book, go on. I'll buy it.

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  16. Murder mystery with a supernatural twist? Greek gods and a stuffed tiger with blood evidence! I hope our ace sleuth is up to the task.

    I would have to buy this book. Great take on the photo.

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  17. Amazing details! I too love the St. Francis touch. And the bloody stuffed tiger and poor Miss Smithers with her tuba. Great title, too!

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