Choosing a book title?

As you know, I write cosy crime and am hoping to release my new cosy crime novel later this year. At present the book is done, I’m waiting for my editor and proof reader and a professional is designing a cover. However we have hit a problem. The title. The working title of the book was ‘ Missing Presumed Murdered,’ but this now seems too close to the title of another book, ‘Missing Presumed:’ by Susie Steiner which is a Richard and Judy book, no less, and doing very well. So it seems like it’s back to the drawing board.

I spent some time today looking at crime title generators online. They are the sort where you type in key information about the book and a list is devised So far these have generated:

  • The Search for Saffy
  • Schoolgirl, missing
  • Missing in Millfield
  • Missing or Murdered
  • The Dark Street ( curious this one)
  • Pirates or Turtles (don’t ask)
  • Mindfield ( in a way I quite like this, the protagonist is a psychologist)

There would also be a sub title, ‘ A Liddy GreyΒ  village mystery,’ or something similar.Β  Any ideas or thoughts with this would be gratefully received. What I wonder would you do?

17 thoughts on “Choosing a book title?

  1. Perhaps use different aspects of the book to create your title? Time of year, the time of day/night the crime happened etc … Missing at Midnight for example. Or ‘Midnight Murder’.

    My novel was a dark fantasy involving vampires. So I plumped for ‘Life Eternal’ as it had a link to the character type.

    Best of luck.


  2. Interesting post, and the title is so important as well. Annoying that someone else got your title. What about: Murdered?
    Did anyone say murder?
    Was it you?

    ….. Hm…. for some reason they all sound funny to me… πŸ˜‰ I am going to give it one last try… what about… Gone…. I give up πŸ™‚


  3. I like “Schoolgirl, Missing” and “Mindfield”. Also really like “The Search for Saffy” – classic and straightforward. This is exciting! 😁


  4. Cosy crime? Wonderful, I am putting up a book review of a “cosy crime” on Tuesday – 4.50 from Paddington (Agatha Christie). And I’ve just finished reading a Colin Dexter story (Inspector Morse) about the search for a missing girl : “Last Seen Wearing”. Names are tricky, I’d probably go for one of the first four in your list. Descriptive – and three of them are alliteration. Good luck!


  5. An interesting post and it seems deciding on a book title is harder than writing the book…Thank you for the follow πŸ™‚ I look for ward to reading more of your posts Scarlett πŸ™‚


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