We’ve discussed this to death. You know the rules – take off on a song title, tweaked into a book title. Should include location, but truthfully, I’m kind of giving up on that. It’s not making for a great title.

There are a ton of these, and many of them are really, really bad, but I’m so blinking brain dead I can’t even cull them down. It’s up to you, so if one or two pop out at you as being okay – Please say so.

Moonlight  Murder

Moonlit Murder

Murder by Moonlight

Curl Up & Die

Walkin’ in Murder
Death In The Land of Maple Syrup
Hot Death In The Country

A Whiter Shade of Dead

The Night The Bulgarian Died
Murder on My Mind
Dead Body Blues

Upper Valley State of Dead

Little Murder of Mine
Murders are Made of This
In the Kill of Vermont
Darling, You Slay Me

The Dead of the Night
Ain’t too Proud to Kill
In the Murder Hour
Ain’t No Murder Dead Enough
A Death in the Life

Last Train to Snarksville

Dead in the boondocks

Murder on my Mind

Getting Deader

Dead the night before

The streets of South Royalton

Ticket to Die

I am the Dead Man

Murder Murder Bang Bang

Murder a So Ro

Last Night in So Ro

Heard it from the dead guy

Baby I want you dead

Kind of a Drag when you’re found dead on the floor

South Royalton Dead

Last Dead in So Ro

Last Train to deadsville

Man of Murder

My Home town Murder

Not one murder more

Poetry in Murder

save the last death for me

death’s the name

dead river valley

Pocket full of murder

Will you kill me tomorrow

dying in the rain

last night was made for murder

If you don’t kill me right now

Murder over the mountain

Build me up buttercup

Dead on the corner

Bulgarian Assassin in Vermont

Hot Death in the Sumertime

To know you is to kill you

Hazy Shade of Dead

Baby You’re a Dead Man

South Royalton kind of Dead


At this point I’m ready to shoot myself. There ARE a couple I like. But I’m not telling you until later. Where are Marly and R when you need them?


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Edward July 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

How about New England Death Wish Blues, or Do You Know The Way To Vermont’s Mortuary


Aunt sue July 28, 2012 at 1:34 am

Murder (rather than Death) in the Land of Maple Syrup


merry July 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Wow, these are some excellent titles. I would absolutely buy “Heard It From the Dead Guy”. I’d be sure it would involve a mystery and humor. I’m late and you probably don’t want any more suggestions, but you did say a play on a song, so…..”Walkin’ After Dead Night”? I love me some Patsy Cline.


Lora July 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I like Dead in the Boondocks.


Braless Betty July 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I like Darling, You Slay Me. It’s quip for your inherent humor. You might be leaning towards Murder on My Mind because you listed it twice. I also like Moonlit Murder.

To know you is to Kill You. You kill me girl. You. Are. Funny!

How bout –

Murder Poetic
Moon Witness


Kate George July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Yes, Sigh. There will be a next time. More Bree – she just wouldn’t be finished. Got more to say, I guess…


Jude Lamare July 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Trials of mobile on a train- sorry bad post.

Title should Refer to plot or other key feature in text which is unknown to us.

My fav is “heard it through”
Final word is key – need to think about this

Also previous two did not refer to murder or death, so all these se off base


Kate George July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Aparently I write in a genre that requires the words death, murder or kill in the title. In that light, the other two are off base!


Jude Lamare July 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Silly me – I hope title refers someh


Skye July 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I like Hazy Shade of Dead and White Shade of Dead. If there’s a real Bulgarian, then yes, I like The Night the Bulgarian Died.

There are quite a few keepers in there for future books.


Susanne July 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

If I saw “The Night the Bulgarian Died”, I’d get it.

It’s an intriguing title.



Julie July 27, 2012 at 4:26 am

I’m with Barb, love Heard It From The Dead Guy, also I’m overly fond of Walkin’ In Murder (but that might be due to the Cher cover version I’m in love with).
A close tie would involve The Night The Bulgarian Died.


BarbN July 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

I like Darling, You Slay Me. Depending on the plot, Whiter Shade of Dead and Heard it from the Dead Guy are also good. There’s several clever ones in there, so save these up for next time. because there’s going to be a next time, right? 🙂


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