Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I've Got Susan Elia MacNeal Covered!
Here I am, book cover junkie-in-training, back with another two crime fiction covers to take a look at.
I have to admit that the primary reason why I began to develop an interest in crime fiction book covers from US and UK publishers was to cut down on the number of duplicate titles I bought. That's really not a problem now, but I'm still interested in those book covers, and during the past few weeks it's easy for me to see that you are, too.
This week I'm being a tiny bit sneaky. Yes, I've read the book. In fact I've enjoyed the entire series, so I certainly don't mind bringing Susan Elia MacNeal's historical mysteries to your attention. Why am I being sneaky? You'll understand the second you see the book covers....
These are the US and UK covers for MacNeal's very first Maggie Hope mystery, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. At first glance, I wouldn't blame you for thinking that I'd put two copies of the same cover there for you to look at. But if you look closely, you'll see that there are subtle differences, and it's those differences that make me prefer one cover over another.
If you get right down to brass tacks, it doesn't make a bit of difference which cover you choose because they're so similar, but....
I give the edge to the US cover, and here's why. The UK cover has a sepia tone which yellows the image and gives it an historical look. I don't like that yellowed look.
I also prefer the font on the US cover. It's crisper, and the font is what gives the cover its historical flavor. The font size and the placement of the author's name and the title also allows us to see the London skyline, which makes those planes droning overhead much more ominous.
What about you? Do you prefer one of these covers, or are they so similar that you just don't care? Inquiring minds would love to know-- either here in the comments, by email (kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com) or on Facebook!