Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3 - TGIBBF "Perils in Paris"

The Assignment by Lisa Ricard Claro:

Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.

Below is this week's "book cover," generously offered for our inspiration by the lovely and talented Kay Davies :

The area near the Eiffel Tower wasn’t known for violent crime. Pickpockets were numerous, but crimes as vicious as this, no. So, when Mdme. Amelie du Bois, sister of the local commissaire, was found dead of very unnatural causes in her private flat directly across from the local police precinct, it sent shivers of fear through all who lived and worked here.

Because of the victim’s relationship to the commissaire, investigative duties would have to be handled outside the district. The call went out to Jacques Gendarme, former head of the Latin Quarter prefectorate. No longer with the force, Jacques was a well-known private investigator who had helped solve some very high profile crimes. If anyone could find Mdme. DuBois’ killer, he could. But even he couldn't suspect just what he would find once he began looking. Or what danger he would be in.

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Blogger Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Count me in for a purchase on this one. I like the phrase "found dead of very unnatural causes." Smart and brief, and you let my very wild imagination do the rest. Bravo! You never once say "murder," but of course you don't have to. I'm ready to get to know Jacques!

June 3, 2011 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...


This is perfect. You have it all, and it flows ... I'd buy it for sure.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kathy M.

June 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Kay L. Davies said...

I just love the name "Jacques Gendarme", Wendy. It's great, as is "very unnatural causes"!
Now, how did you know this happened near the Eiffel Tower? Just down the block, at the corner, we could see the tower. "Bravo" is right!
— K

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

June 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Kay L. Davies said...

Hi Wendy — actually, I did notice the woman's name, and I knew the hotel's name was on the picture's URL, but it never occurred to me you'd look it up. LOL
We just had to walk to the end of the block to see the Eiffel Tower, and it was an easy walk to get to the tower itself, even for me with my sore feet. Little old hotel but a great location.
— K

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

June 4, 2011 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Dorothy Evans said...

And where can I buy this book? Great idea, great blurb and really well written!

June 4, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Ms.Daisy said...

I like the way you placed the victim directly across from the police precinct! Right under their noses...hope Jacques can solve it quickly! Good Blurb.

June 4, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I too loved the "very unnatural causes!" I have shivers of fear and must read this!

June 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Grandma's Goulash said...

When it comes to book blurbs, you've proven that less is more. Your blurb fires my imagination and leaves my dying to know more.

June 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

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