Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I've Got Rebecca Tope Covered!
Here I am, a novice cover critic, back with another book to take a look at. Since I read a fair amount of UK crime fiction, I have to be careful when buying books. If the author is published in both the U.S. and the U.K., chances are the same book will have two different covers (and one edition will have a lot of extra U's...).
This can make book buying a hazardous endeavor, and yes, I have purchased duplicate titles because of it. I used to think it was a conspiracy, but then I trained myself to shop with a list and dropped the paranoia talk. But I still find the differences in covers intriguing.
Join me in perusing this week's covers!
This time, I'm taking a look at Rebecca Tope's The Ambleside Alibi, the second in her Lake District mysteries featuring florist Persimmon ("Simmy") Brown. It's just been released here in the U.S. as an eBook by Witness Impulse.
Two completely different covers, aren't they?
The UK cover seems to be focusing on the book's setting-- the beautiful Lake District of England. From the color of the foliage surrounding that rushing stream, I would think it's autumn.
On the other hand, the US cover focuses on Simmy's profession as florist with that bright pink carnation lying on those weathered floorboards, almost-- but not quite-- covering up that blood stain.
Having been to the Lake District, I have a fondness for the UK cover, but I have to admit that I don't think it's the most striking of the two covers. No, I think I'd give the US cover the edge on this one. I like the font used for the author's name and title, and that bright pink carnation pops on that field of grey. My only quibble with it is that it's... generic... in a way that the UK cover isn't.
If both of these were faced out on the shelf as I walked past, unless I zeroed in on the author's name, I would walk right past the UK cover, while the bright pink flower on the US cover would definitely make me slow down. Notice I didn't say stop? Because unless I saw that blood stain or noticed the author's name, I might think it's women's fiction-- a genre I tend to avoid. Could be the publisher is trying to catch the female eye, eh?
What about you? Which book cover appeals to you the most? The UK cover or the US cover? Inquiring minds would love to know!