Seeking Input on a Title

Before I start today’s topic, just a reminder that two BookFunnel promos are still live until February 27. One is an offer for free ebook excerpts, samples, and books that are primarily suspense and thriller mysteries. The link’s HERE.

The other is a collection of mystery authors offering full ebooks at discounted prices. Casey Holland mystery #4, The Deep End, is included in this group for $.99. The link can be found HERE.

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As mentioned in an earlier blog, thanks to great feedback from beta readers I’ve diligently been working on another round of edits these past couple of weeks. My only dilemma is the mixed opinions about the book’s title, which I’ve tentatively titled Man in a Gold Satin Thong (trust me, this piece of clothing is part the story 😊). So, I’m seeking your feedback on the title that most grabs your interest. This novella has a lighter tone than the previous books. To help you decide, here’s the blurb I’ve come up with so far:

Transit cop Casey Holland has never met a bus passenger like the charming artist and exotic dancer, Eduardo. When he’s charged with murder, his friendship with bus driver Lily erupts into a legal mess that could cost Lily her job and custody of her son. Convinced of his innocence, Lily begs Casey to help find the real killer before her life implodes.

Lily’s not only a coworker but a friend, so Casey agrees ask a few questions. Those questions lead Casey and her best friend Kendal to a troupe of strippers calling themselves Man Cave. While the men are busy peeling off their clothes, Casey’s peeling back layers of secrets and betrayal. Nuttier and more raucous than her usual investigations, the risk is just as deadly.

Aside from the title mentioned above, here’s another list I’ve come up with.

The Gold Satin Murder

The Satin Thong Murder

A Gold Satin Killer

The Gold Satin Lover

As readers and book buyers, do any of the above grab your interest, or do you think my original title works best? Titles are so hard to come up with, aren’t they? And thanks for your help!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

24 thoughts on “Seeking Input on a Title”

  1. I’ll be the first one to offer my opinion. I’d stay clear of the word “thong” in the title. It means different things in different English languages. My preference is “The Gold Satin Killer”. It’s intriguing and adequate and reveals the main theme. I also like “The Gold Satin Lover” but the emphasis here would be on romance not a mystery or detective. Just my two cents. 🙂

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      1. Puts me in mind of a comic I saw ages ago of a woman walking on the beach with a foot sandal in place of a bikini thong, wondering why anyone would wear a thong given how uncomfortable it was.

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    1. I think it´s great that the reader would wonder if someone was killed by footwear or underwear! If you have a gold g-string somewhere on the cover, everyone will know what you mean anyway.

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  2. I like the original title, Man in a Gold Satin Thong. It brings to mind John D. McDonald and his rabidly popular Travis McGee series. It may do the same for your readers.

    They always had a touch of the absurd and a smattering of humor, also.

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  3. I agree, stay away from thong. For me, it’s something I wear on my foot. Having killer or murder in the title hints at the novella’s contents. I’m not sure lover does since I don’t know the story. All titles are alluring. I’d suggest trying them without the The or A in front.

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  4. Late as always, but here are my thoughts: I like Darlene’s suggestion best, keeping in mind the reservations about “thong” in the other comments. If you decide to avoid that word, The (or A) Gold Satin Murder is a good choice.

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