Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
I love all of Karen Maitland’s stories that I’ve read. She is, I think one of the best historical writers writing today. And, I love the covers of her books as well as the tales inside of them. They always ooze medieval eeriness…
I’m planning on re-reading The Owl Killers and posting a review of it in the not-so-distant future (I hope!). It was this book that first introduced me to Maitland’s wonderful storytelling abilities, but the focus of this post is perhaps the book she is most widely known for…Company of Liars.
The cover art is simply amazing. The colour, size and style of the lettering quickly create a feeling of the historical but it is the wolf’s head with the crosses and skulls and the runes, etc. that truly evoke a medieval atmosphere as well as the fear that naturally accompanied the spread of the plague. This is certainly one of my favourite book covers of all time.
You can read my review of Company of Liars, posted on this site in August 2014, here. Or visit my A-Z Review Index to find links to other Karen Maitland books I’ve reviewed.
If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you will know I cannot resist a good book cover. And that is especially true when that book is a cosy mystery!
Over the past few months, I’ve been making a concerted effort to reduce the number of books in my home – don’t worry, I still have thousands, and more than I could ever read during my lifetime. However, that has meant I am once again on a “No Book Buying Diet”. I’ve struggled with this sort of limitation on book purchases for years, but this time, I have been doing so well. That was until I came across these at a charity book sale:
And instantly I knew I could not walk away from them. I had to have them. I looked at the covers and was so smitten, I didn’t even bother to read the blurbs. I just know I’m going to love them when I start reading them. Which I hope is very soon…as soon as I’ve finished my current read…
Have you read these books? Let me know what you thought to them in the comments below – but please, no spoilers!
Death At A Drop-In by Elizabeth Spann Craig
I had a handful of book covers that I thought I might use for this post, but ultimately, it had to be a cover from one of my favourite cosy mystery series, the Myrtle Clover Mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig. But which one? Again, a tough decision, because I like them all. The soft, pastel colours immediately give the impression of a cosy mystery and the cover art is always eye-catching.
In the end I had to go with the cover for Death At A Drop-In. Why? Because of the cat. Why else?
My rating for Death At A Drop-In was 4 out 5, and you can read my review of it, posted in November 2017 (note: read and reviewed outside of Indie Only Month), here.
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
Two things struck me when I first stumbled across this book in a book shop: the first was the colour and the second the title.
The colour of the cover is striking. The marbled red with the image in white makes the whole cover eye-catching and immediately evokes a feeling of Victorian Gothic.
The title, The Somnambulist, also grabbed my attention. It’s one of those words that I really like the sound of, and one you don’t come across too often. And, I think, it conveys a lot.
My rating on Goodreads was 3 / 5 and you can read my review of The Somnambulist by Essie Fox, posted in April 2014, here.
Last Act In Palmyra (Falco #6) by Lindsey Davis
I love all the book covers (in this particular style) from the Falco series by Lindsey Davis. I could hardly chose between them which one to insert in this post, so in the end I went with my favourite book in the series. The frescoes really ensure the reader is fully grounded in the Roman world as soon as they pick up the books. I think this is really important because sometimes what is on the outside of a book has nothing to do with what is found inside it. That sort of misrepresentation is annoying…
Anyway, I love frescoes. They provide a window into the past, capturing what otherwise must be left to the imagination. And, perhaps most importantly of all, they make the people of the past appear more real when we are separated from them by such a great spanof time.
I’ve yet to get around to re-reading and thus reviewing Last Act in Palmyra, but you can find my review from earlier books in the series by following the links below:
Book 1 – The Silver Pigs
Book 2 – Shadows in Bronze
Book 3 – Venus in Copper
Book 4 – The Iron Hand of Mars
Book 5 – Poseidon’s Gold
The Clan of the Cave Bear, (Earth’s Children #1) by Jean M. Auel
I love all the book covers (in this particular style) from the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel. The colours and fonts are so evocative, but it is the cave-art inspired illustrations that I find really captures the essence of the story, and my imagination.
I was at university when, visiting a book shop in the town, I saw the first four books of the series wonderfully displayed. They immediately caught my attention, and I instantly fell in love with them. I didn’t even bother to read the back of any of the four books or wonder what they were about. I simply picked up a copy of each and went off to pay for them. I just knew I had to have them and that I would love them. And I did!
Have you ever had that response to a book? What was it? After reading it, did you feel your initial thoughts were spot-on or did the amazing cover art lead you astray?