I’m thrilled to have finalised the cover design for The Haiku Murder, the second adventure in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series. This time Josie goes on a haiku-writing trip, which turns to tragedy when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama castle. But was he pushed? Expat Londoner Josie finds herself discovering parts of Tokyo she never knew existed as she races to find his missing bag and its mysteriously valuable contents before more people die.
Who’d have thought poetry could be so dangerous?
The cover has an autumn feel to it, as the story begins among the red and gold maple leaves of autumn in Matsuyama, the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Matsuyama is famous for its haiku writers. Haiku is a traditional style of Japanese poetry. It doesn’t rhyme, but it has to have a set number of syllables – seventeen in all, divided into three lines in a five-seven-five formation.
I love my new cover, with its simple, clean lines and colourful maple leaves. And did you spot the haiku in Japanese in the background? All thanks to the very talented Andrew Brown of Design for Writers
The Haiku Murder – A gripping East-West fusion whodunnit. Coming October 2014