Monday, October 30, 2017


© M.C.V. Egan

It all started with an out of the blue e-mail. The same morning that a ghost from my past knocked at my cyber door, I attended a workshop at Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, Florida; led by Deborah Sharp.

       Her writing prompt about a funeral tugged at the evil strings in my psyche and I saw my ex-husband dead─in a coffin, but he didn’t look comfortable.

       In the thirty years between our final good-bye and the unexpected e-mail, I was aware through mutual contacts that I was the first of many wives.

       In Death of a Sculptor I explored the idea of a group of ex-wives attending their ex-husband’s funeral; the famous sculptor Bruce Jones.

       My ex was not a sculptor. But fiction gives a writer great latitude and permission to make the inspiration a far more interesting character than the reality.

       As I wove the tale I delved into the relevant details of his demise.

-Why was he dead?

-Was it natural causes or not?

-An accident maybe?

-If murdered why and by whom?

I have no doubt at that at one point or another most of us have fantasized about deleting permanently someone from our past. And here was my perfect opportunity so; Murder it was!

Death of a Sculptor; in Hue Shape and Color is a novella divided in three parts.

-Bruce’s Loves

-Bruce’s Children

- Two years later

Every chapter represents a different character and perspective. Each one of Bruce’s loves had their own place in his life and was therefore affected in a different way by his love and his death.



Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.
In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.
Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.
Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.
Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.
Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.
Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.
Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.
Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.
Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

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