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Cover Reveal Shrimply Dead
By Maggie Toussaint

A good book cover draws your eye and then encourages you to savor it. Ever since I signed my first book contract, I’ve been asked to make suggestions for the publisher’s cover artist. In nearly every instance, they used my ideas to create the cover.

So when it came time to create the cover for SHRIMPLY DEAD, I put my thinking cap on. I had several points to consider. First, it is book 3 in my Seafood Caper Mysteries, so it should have the series icon prominently displayed. This was easy to check off as the logo is already done, and it’s a matter of pasting it into the new cover image. Second, the cover for Book 3 should match Books 1&2 in the style, color, and font to cement that “branded” feel of the series. Lastly, it should reflect an aspect of the story.

The book cover for SEAS THE DAY was created by a publisher, and broad strokes of color illustrated sea and beach sand, along with a white foam margin between the two. To add to the coastal feel a palmetto tree was added to one side. Book two, SPAWNING SUSPICION, used complementary tones of teal for the water aspect, the same fonts and series logo as the first book, and added a school of small fish.

This new book cover has shades of teal in a beach scene, a palm tree, the same fonts, and series logo. It also incorporates shrimp pink into the color scheme. In addition, a small boiled shrimp is added to the image.

And without further ado, here’s the cover for SHRIMPLY DEAD.

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Here’s the back of the book copy:
When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer.

Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light.

Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop.

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish?

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