What #Clues Can The Cover of Cozy #Mystery SILENCE OF THE LAMPS Reveal? by Karen Rose Smith




What Clues Can The Cover of SILENCE OF THE LAMPS Reveal?  (SILENCE OF THE LAMPS is Book 5 in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging series.)

Catching a glimpse of my book's cover is always exciting.  I do love the colors on SILENCE OF THE LAMPS.  (Although no animals appear on the cover, be assured that Sophia, Lady, and Mirabelle appear in the book. Also, Halo--the stray we rescued from our backyard when she was pregnant--is Caprice's new rescue. She finds a home for her with a continuing character.)  There are subtle clues on the cover of SILENCE OF THE LAMPS about the mystery inside it's pages.  These are a few hints of the mystery pulled from the cover. 

The greenery from the shrubs outside the window suggests that this mystery could take place in spring or summer. 

The scene the cover depicts takes place in the house where the victim was murdered.  The victim was a male in his 30's. But the house belongs to someone older--doilies, antiques, velvet covered settee. 

The person who owns the house serves tea as you can see from the tea set on the table. 
(He or she might have been paid a visit by Caprice since biscotti are being served.) 

Those books on the bookshelves.  They could contain a clue to solving this murder mystery.

The Tiffany lamps become a huge part of solving this murder case.  There are two.  The floor lamp is in its usual spot.  But the table lamp...  It's base is missing. 

As you find clues along with Caprice to solve this murder mystery, I hope you also enjoy suspense, a few smiles, recipes and the fun of belonging to the De Luca family.



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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 91st novel will be released in 2016.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


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87 comments:

Patricia T on January 19, 2016 at 5:45 AM said...

Oh, Karen, now you're teasing us! :) It is a beautiful cover.

Sandra Bartles on January 19, 2016 at 9:17 AM said...

I can't wait for this book to come out. I have read all the others and find this to be a fantastic series! I am glad you are adding Halo to the story!!!

Linda Phillips on January 19, 2016 at 10:35 AM said...

Ah, putting the clues together should give us a good idea of what to expect. I think you are teasing us! Can't wait until May.

Linda Phillips on January 19, 2016 at 10:36 AM said...

A few little hints can keep us going until May, when we will find out for sure.

Billie Jackson on January 23, 2016 at 5:21 PM said...

That is no help! Counting the weeks!

dstoutholcomb on February 1, 2016 at 5:48 AM said...

fun cover--love the tiffany lamps!

denise

katsrus on February 1, 2016 at 5:53 AM said...

Very pretty cover. I bet it's a great story.

Fran Swarts on February 1, 2016 at 5:56 AM said...

Love the cover.

Daniele K on February 1, 2016 at 6:00 AM said...

The cover is lovely. This is definitely going on my wish list.

Robin Driscoll on February 1, 2016 at 6:03 AM said...

Sounds exciting!

penney on February 1, 2016 at 6:06 AM said...

I love the cover and I'm looking forward to reading this, love the cat too
Penney

Anonymous said...

Love this series and anxiously await the next book! The blue bear is adorable!
Becky Prazak
rjprazak6@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love this series and anxiously await the next book! The blue bear is adorable!
Becky Prazak
rjprazak6@gmail.com

Gram on February 1, 2016 at 6:08 AM said...

May? oh well...

Gram on February 1, 2016 at 6:09 AM said...

May?? Oh well...

Janine on February 1, 2016 at 6:11 AM said...

The clue didn't help me either. I look forward to learning more. I love the picture of you and Paddy.

KRS on February 1, 2016 at 6:19 AM said...

Teasing can be fun!

Clickner on February 1, 2016 at 6:26 AM said...

Sounds like a great read. Look forward to reading it.

Mary Holshouser on February 1, 2016 at 6:41 AM said...

I don't think about looking at the cover to reveal clues as
to what is going to happen in the book.
The explanation makes it very clear - should look at the
pictures more often.
thanks.

CBarton on February 1, 2016 at 6:41 AM said...

I love curling up with a fun mystery.I also love the cover although, it doesn't have to be an old lady who owns the house. I don't consider myself old and have doilies all around my house. My great grandmother made them and I received them when she passed. I think they are pretty and they keep my dresser and table tops from getting scratched.

cmucha319 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Meljprincess on February 1, 2016 at 6:42 AM said...

Fantastic title, Karen! I've wanted to tell you that but we've been moving. FL to TX. Looking forward to catching up with the series. Kisses to you and the kitties!!

misty gaoutte-clarkson on February 1, 2016 at 6:44 AM said...

Love this cover quit teasin us

Joan Woods on February 1, 2016 at 6:47 AM said...

Very pretty cover. Love the bear. Would look good with all other bears.

Cheryl Baranski on February 1, 2016 at 7:03 AM said...

Love the cover. So want to read this book. I am such a book junkie.

lady_appaloosa on February 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM said...

I love this photo of you and Paddy, fabulous.
I think Tiffany lamps are beautiful so looking forward to the mystery and maybe learning more about the stunning lamps at the same time.

Debbie Carney on February 1, 2016 at 7:07 AM said...

Been looking forward to reading this book, love all your books. That bear is so cute and cuddly :)

debbiec1313@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Your books re always a great read. I can't wait to get my next one, Thanks for this awesome Giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

Melissa Basnight on February 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM said...

I have not read any of your books yet, but your cozy mysteries seem like fun reads. Love the pictures of your cats. I have two of my own.

Rita Reitz on February 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM said...

You now have me curious. I've not read any of your mysteries yet but look forward to doing so. My next stop will be to check out my local library and check one out. I've read most of your romances, if not all, but they are great for a re-read.

Connie on February 1, 2016 at 7:16 AM said...

I immediately noticed the missing base of the table lamp but I don't see anymore clues right off hand. Will have to study the pretty cover some more. Love a good mystery!

scaro on February 1, 2016 at 7:26 AM said...

Looking forward to reading. Love how you put clues on your covers.
Paddy is a trip. Thanks for keeping us updated on her and your other
fur babies.
Carol Smith
penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

CrystalGB on February 1, 2016 at 7:28 AM said...

I love the cover. :)

Cyndi Lockhart on February 1, 2016 at 7:28 AM said...

Love the cover, but it really does need a cat.

PoCoKat on February 1, 2016 at 7:47 AM said...

Great cover!

regencygirl01 on February 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM said...

always love seeing the kitties

Barb W. on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM said...

Great cover! Can't wait to read it.

littlequeenie29 on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM said...

Love the title and the cover. Congrats on your book.

Crystal Young on February 1, 2016 at 8:16 AM said...

I love the cover it's very pretty and I love the lamp in the corner.

Sue Farrell said...

I love the beautiful soft springlike colors on the cover.

Anonymous said...

Looks like there could be lots of clues, an open window, the pillow, the claw/paw foot of the table...hmmmm? Can't wait! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

Whitney said...

Does the open window with the curtain blowing indicate anything? I can't see any indication of the presence of a 30-year old male except for the missing lamp base. Those things are heavy. Was the base missing when Caprice came for tea? There doesn't seem to be any biscotti missing so the murder happened before she got there, right? What fun!

Debbie Haston. on February 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM said...

I love the cover and can't wait to read the book.

Debbie Haston. on February 1, 2016 at 9:31 AM said...

I love the cover and can't wait to read the book :-)

Gary B said...

Nice Picture

johnna smith on February 1, 2016 at 10:23 AM said...

love all your books.....exciting cover art with clues!!

ptclayton on February 1, 2016 at 10:23 AM said...

It is a wonderful cover and so springlike!

rbooth43 on February 1, 2016 at 10:40 AM said...

A great tease till May!

jackie morris said...

love your books and recipes!! and the puff puff welcome sign!

Catherine Maguire said...

Love the book cover and the cute hat.

Catherine Maguire meowcat_21@hotmail.com

traveler on February 1, 2016 at 11:35 AM said...

This cover is delightful and reflects the book which sounds captivating and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

lkleback on February 1, 2016 at 11:52 AM said...

What a great cover! Looking forward to this book.

Beautiful Disaster on February 1, 2016 at 12:43 PM said...

The book looks and sounds great however I really like the cats!

Charline Bonham on February 1, 2016 at 1:02 PM said...

Looks like the curtain is pulled back or the window is open.
Love to follow about your cats on Facebook.

Lori Raines on February 1, 2016 at 2:03 PM said...

I like your cover and the cute cat pictures too!

Nancy Luebke on February 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM said...

First thing I noticed is the window is open and the curtain pulled to the side. Looks really interesting. BTW we only have outdoor cats because of allergies. However, we have a woodstove furnace outside, works a boiler furnace and we have a line that goes in our house, and a line that goes in my DH's workshop. We were able to put a kitty door into that building and helped the cats learn to use the kitty door, so they are able to mostly stay cozy during the cold times. That way they have a lot of freedom but a safe and warm place to go when they want.

Robyn Konopka on February 1, 2016 at 2:44 PM said...

I love the cover. I also love that Halo is in the book and you kept her name. I love your books and can't wait to read this one.

Mary Jane Hopper on February 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM said...

Love the cover and am looking forward to reading the new book!

Deb PelletierC on February 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM said...

The book sounds interesting, Say hello to the kitties. We have always had cats in our homes.

Patricia Webb on February 1, 2016 at 3:13 PM said...

Love this cover, am looking forward to reading this new book and I love your cat. We have one that looks very similar.

Patricia Webb on February 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM said...

Love your cover and am looking forward to reading another great book by you. Your cat is beautiful, I have one almost like her.

Jean Smith said...

Love the cover of your book, can't wait to read it.

jnalpath on February 1, 2016 at 3:32 PM said...

I can't wait to read this book!

jnalpath on February 1, 2016 at 3:32 PM said...

I can't wait to read this book

Linda Herold on February 1, 2016 at 3:44 PM said...

I love reading cozy mysteries and I really like the cover of this book! Thanks for the chance to win it!!

Robin in NC on February 1, 2016 at 4:26 PM said...

What a great excerpt! Pretty cover too! Thanks for the chance to win!

rw620 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...

Your books are fantastic and so are you.

Anonymous said...

Your books are fantastic and so are you.

AnitA MILES on February 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM said...

Can't wait to read. Hope I win

vickie D said...

Really love the colors on the cover can't wait to read the book I did notice that the one lamp was missing a base - love lamps and have many though no tiffany

deana dick on February 1, 2016 at 5:42 PM said...

Love the cover. It is so inviting and needs someone to read it. Thank you forthe chance. I love your books.
Deana Dick

Kay Bennett on February 1, 2016 at 6:20 PM said...

Love the cover!! Just beautiful colors and detail.

bookiekat on February 1, 2016 at 8:10 PM said...

Looking forward to this book! Love the series!

bookiekat on February 1, 2016 at 8:11 PM said...

Looking forward to this book, love the series!

Linda Birdsell on February 1, 2016 at 9:44 PM said...

Beautiful cover!

servedogmom on February 1, 2016 at 10:14 PM said...

Karen, You are a tease! The cover is beautiful and inviting. I've already preordered it. Anxiously awaiting Caprices next adventure. servedogmom@yahoo.com

servedogmom on February 1, 2016 at 10:21 PM said...

Karen, You are a tease. I love the cover and anxiously await Caprices new adventures. servedogmom@yahoo.com
(this may be a duplicate. The post disappeared when I signed in to google).

Virginia C on February 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM said...

Charming cover, cat capers, and a cozy mystery--they all add up to a reader's delight!!!

Kathleen O on February 2, 2016 at 8:44 AM said...

I love the cover... Those little old ladies remind me a bit of Arsenic and Old Lace!! lol

Beth Miller on February 2, 2016 at 3:08 PM said...

Great Title and cozy cover.

bn100 said...

nice cover

Grandma Cootie on February 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM said...

Always love your posts everywhere! And what a gorgeous cover.

Not really on February 3, 2016 at 8:35 PM said...

Really liked your post. Love that you show your cats. And I love the cover to Silence of the Lamps. Looks like a fun read. And bear? Nice giveaway. Thanks you
I thought I had finally worked out how to get my name on my comments but when the post published it was back to 'not really'. Is it trying to tell me I'm not really here? LOL.
della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

Laurie G on February 4, 2016 at 2:44 AM said...

The lamps featured on your cover are gorgeous. Such talent. I can't wait to find the clues to your mystery!

Linda Kish on February 6, 2016 at 7:19 PM said...

I need more than clues. I need to read the book, please. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

cjreynolds52 on February 7, 2016 at 8:48 AM said...

The cover is great, but the title is eye-catching.

JackieW said...

I never paid that much attention to a book cover to look for clues. That's a good idea. I am going to look at covers differently from now on.
JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Love the cover, and can't wait to read this!