A Very Short Summary

All writers have a difficult time trying to summarize their books in a single sentence.  Writing short and interesting summaries is also a challenge of the marketing departments.  They prepare different ones for different markets.  This week, I received a Google Alert that directed me to the Publisher’s Weekly’s list of children’s books coming out this fall.  The entry for SUSPECT read as follows:

Jen attempts to solve a mystery from the past involving her mother’s disappearance.

That actually sums things up rather well.  If I were allowed a few more words, I’d probably add the following to give a hint of the setting. 

While working at her grandmother’s Victorian bed and breakfast, Jen attempts to solve a mystery from the past involving her mother’s disappearance.

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