Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Boy, Have I Got Martin Edwards Covered!
What I didn't expect when looking up information on Martin Edwards' newest book Gallows Court (reviewed here on the blog yesterday) were the three chosen covers.
There are three according to Amazon US and Amazon UK. One for the hardcover edition on both sides of the pond, and two different ones for the US and UK paperback editions. Interesting, huh?
I think this calls for a Cover-Off, don't you? Let's take a look!
As you can see, the hardcover and UK paperback editions chose to use Art Deco graphics, which I love and which fit the period in which the book is written.
The UK paperback cover is done in cool shades of blue, showing a person standing in the beam of the headlights of an oncoming car. The information-- title, author, and two blurbs-- is very understated. All in all, pretty, but not eye-catching.
This is a generic disappointment. I've seen so many covers done in much the same style-- usually on books publishers deem to be of interest to women-- that they all blur together. This cover gives a tiny bit of period feel and that's about it.
US & UK Hardcover--
While the UK paperback cover is cool and classic, the cover chosen for the hardcover edition on both sides of the pond retains that period feel and stands out. There's more contrast in the colors chosen, and the slant of the font gives the impression of speed, which is important when a person is shown standing in front of a car. And-- wonder of wonders-- there's no blurb. Be still, my heart!
I think there's no doubt in your minds that I prefer the art for the hardcover edition, but what do you think? Which do you prefer-- UK paperback? US paperback? The hardcover? None of them? Inquiring minds would love to know!