Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I Have Jeffrey Siger Covered!
After a wonderful two weeks in Scotland and England, what better than a little book cover comparison, eh?
Eight days ago I spent some time in the Harrods book department, and let me tell you, it was all I could do not to go to the checkout with a big stack of lovelies! Due to this feature, I was eyeing covers with a bit more care, too. Did I buy any books? No. It was difficult, but I restrained myself.
Instead I'm back here to compare the US and UK book covers of one of Jeffrey Siger's excellent Inspector Kaldis thrillers set in Greece. After all, his latest-- Devil in Delphi-- was just released yesterday. Let's get to it!
The US Cover...
The author's name certainly stands out, doesn't it? I wish the title did, too. Instead it's lurking at the bottom in the sand beneath that beachfront property. All's quiet there, too. For the most part, it's an attractive cover, but it just doesn't do much for me.
The UK Cover...
In comparison the UK cover seems simpler. The author's name and the title are at the top, and I like the fact that it states the book is "A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery" at the bottom. Does that inclusion mean that Siger's books sell better in the UK than the US? I'll have to ask him. (He'll be at The Poisoned Pen later this month.) A church blazes white in the brilliant sun, and there are two small trees or shrubs. I can't tell what they are, but with those red blossoms I know they're not olive trees. When I think of Greece, I think of blindingly white buildings and the brilliant deep blue of sea and sky. The one thing that would make this cover better is more blue in the sky.
I prefer the UK cover. Simpler, cleaner, and it says Greece to me.
What Say You?
Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Inquiring minds would love to know!