This fun feature is a mini workshop invented by Rosie Amber. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online book selling sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READER’S Point of View and this exercise is very REVEALING.

To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page.

Colour of poison

This week I have been researching poisoning in Victorian times using the British Newspaper archive so I searched for novels about poison.  The Colour of Poison instantly appealed to me because of the illuminated letter C, the pattern and colour of the cover and the words, “Medieval Murder Mystery.”

Book Description

The first Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery by Toni Mount.

The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping and murder are every-day events. The streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the King.

Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman’s rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him?

Only one thing is certain – if Seb can’t save his brother, nobody can.

The author Toni Mount is a history teacher, speaker and historic interpreter. This is her first novel but her first hardback “Everyday Life in Medieval London” made it to No.1 at Goodreads for the best non-fiction history book and “Medieval Housewives…” book was voted a “Favourite book” of that year.

So far, there are only 3 customer reviews, two 4s and one 5 star.

An evocative description of the times and people make this a very believable tale. I felt that it gathered in strength as it developed and became more gripping as it went along towards it’s finale.

rollicking, fast-moving plot holds the attention from start to finish.

I had a peep inside and after a detailed account of a hanging, we find ourselves in an apothecary’s still room which is a place where I would love to be!  So Shall I BUY or will I PASS?   At only 99p for the Kindle edition I’m going to BUY.

What have others found in today’s #Friday Five Challenge ?

Rosie has discovered a tantalising steampunk novel.

Cathy has found a beautiful blue book of ancient secrets

Shelley has chosen the theme of Good Friday

So now it’s your turn.



Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier.

2) Randomly choose a category.

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appeal.

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

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