Monday, May 22, 2017
The Popularity of Crows
I don't know what I was searching for when I stumbled across this, but I suddenly found myself hip deep in crows.
I like crows for the most part. They are the most intelligent birds on this planet. While all the other birds have to work hard from sunup to sundown finding things to eat, crows can spend a good part of their day in play and strengthening their communities. Crows can make and use tools, you know. So... I like crows. But mostly at a distance. I think I have Alfred Hitchcock to blame for that. Who's watched the classic Hitchcock film The Birds and not looked out the window at the trees and the sky before going outside afterward?
It should be no surprise to anyone that "Murder of Crows" is quite popular as a title for a mystery, but I was surprised that it's also popular for anything from teen dystopian novels to fantasy to the occult.
These are a dozen covers of mysteries all titled A Murder of Crows. They certainly do differ in style, don't they? They range from historicals to spy thrillers to cozies, and everything in between. They also show a wide range of design, from the rather simplistic to the atmospheric. And not all of them actually show crows.
My two favorites are the top two. The first one shows a crow holding a bullet cartridge in its beak, and we all know that crows are attracted to shiny things, don't we? Yes, I think this first cover has the most realistic-looking crow.
The cover next to it I like because it gives me chills. Crows and other birds are known (thank you, Mr. Hitchcock) to peck out the eyes of animals and humans alike. The second cover shows a crow with what looks to me like pecked-out eyes. Turnabout is very fair play, don't you think?
The other cover that I want to make particular note of is two up from the bottom on the left. Kate Ayers' A Murder of Crows: Mysteries With a Wine List. Why do I want to mention it? Because I'd swear that's not a crow. It looks like a starling to me. Picky, aren't I?
Which crow covers catch your eye? Are there any that you like? Which ones? Are there any that offend your sensibilities? Let us know!
Were you surprised to see how popular that title is? I know-- questions, questions! But inquiring minds would love to know!