Or maybe not the world's shortest, exactly - I'm sure there have been shorter ones - but it's my shortest, by far. Three sentences, and one is a quote from moi. You can check it out here - however, since it's only three lines, I figure I may as well post it, so you don't have to make the extra click:

Jennie Bentley writes, "If Derek — 6 feet tall, with melting blue eyes, sun-streaked hair, snug jeans and a toolbelt riding low on his hips — can't make it interesting, then I don't know what to tell you."

If you surmise, however, that this novel is chick lit or a sappy romance novel, you would be wrong. It's an ingeniously plotted murder mystery with several prime suspects and a nail-biting conclusion.


So thanks, Roy E. Perry! Glad you liked it!

(That quote is from my article in Mystery Reader's Journal back in May, btw. Available for backorder. ;-) I've got another article in Mystery Scene Magazine this month. FYI.)

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Comment by I. J. Parker on December 10, 2008 at 4:57am
Ah. Greatly, relieved. :)
Comment by Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher on December 9, 2008 at 3:18pm
Not exactly. I wrote an article for Mystery Scene Magazine back in April or May, where I used the sentence that starts, "If Derek..." Then, this Sunday, Mr. Perry quoted my sentence in his review of my book. Additionally, the latest issue of Mystery Scene magazine has an article I've written, referenced above, that has nothing to do with Mr. Perry or his review; I just thought I'd mention it. You know how shameless we writers can be about BSP...

But no, I don't write articles quoting reviews of my books. Not unless I'm putting together a press release...
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 8, 2008 at 4:34am
I don't quite follw the last. You write articles for mystery magazines where you quote reviews of your own books?

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