Bernadette Steele’s The Poetry of Murder

poetry-of-murder-cover.jpgDuring her time at the International House of Chicago, aspiring African American poet, Geneva Anderson has met people from around the globe, listened to debates about world issues and celebrated the arts. But with the arrival of a new year, Geneva will also discover that an inheritance can be a blessing and a curse.

After her aunt, Victoria Franklin, the director of the International House of Chicago is murdered; Geneva’s life is unraveled by a mysterious inheritance and a murder charge. With the help of her best friend, Zain Valdez, Geneva decides to investigate her aunt’s murder.

Geneva’s investigation leads her to the revelation that her beloved aunt led a secret life and that the list of suspects even includes her academically accomplished neighbors.

To clear herself, she must navigate through a web of lies, secrets, and revenge until she learns The Poetry of Murder.


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Posted on August 7, 2008, in Book Synopsis, Mystery. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is an excellent book and a very impressive debut novel. I encourage any lover of cozy murder mysteries to read it. You won’t be disappointed.

    Great job Bernadette!


  2. Thank you for stopping by, Cheryl.

  3. Dear Rose,

    I would like to thank you for allowing, The Plot, to be a stop on my virtual book tour.

    Also, I would like to invite your readers to submit comments or questions. I will be checking into the site throughout the month to answer all questions.

    Bernadette Steele

  4. Thank you, Bernadette. It’s a pleasure having you.

    I have one question – what is the story behind the title?

  5. Rose,

    The title, The Poetry of Murder, is inspired by two things. First, the fact that the protagonist, Geneva Anderson, is an aspiring poet. Second, planning, committing and solving a murder in a cozy mystery is like poetry because there is a rhythm to the planning, a tone to the execution of the crime, and a message in the resolution.


  6. Thank you. 🙂

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