Title: A MATTER OF MUMMIES
Age Category: Middle Grade
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Word Count: 50,000
Pitch: When mummified murder victims pop up all over Victorian Dublin, girl genius Liadan’s on the case. It’ll take a devoted inspector and some werewolves to help solve it—before Liadan ends up a victim herself.
First 250 Words of the Manuscript:
Breakfast was oatmeal. Watery. Hateful. Oatmeal. Eating, however, was a far less unpleasant idea than being fed. They would put their hands on her. Force her to eat. Bruising pale skin and laughing. She didn’t like to be touched. The horrible click of silverware against plates and the dull murmur of the other patients echoed around her with none of the pleasantness she’d once associated with meals taken in company.
After oatmeal, an orderly—with his hand on her shoulder—Insufferable lout—shoved more than led her to her appointment with Dr. Francis O’Toole, her onetime peer. The orderly deposited her without a word in the doctor’s office.
Clenching her jaw, she rubbed at the bruise on her arm. It was invisible under her sleeve, but sore enough that every time she shifted it reminded her that she’d been unsuccessful in escaping—again. Couldn’t have known that orderly would decide to slip out for a smoke. Next time, though… Next time she’d get out.
Dr. O’Toole was talking, but she wasn’t really paying attention to what he was saying. The chair she was in was dusty, the fraying fabric far more interesting than he was. Though his bright red mustache did catch her eye. Like a bird to a bit of ribbon. The curly edges flopped as he spoke. Droned, Liadan corrected. He drones. Worse than Sir Andrew, for certain. But a word caught her attention from the stream of dullness.
She blinked, bright green eyes going wide and wary, like a cat alerted to danger.