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By Its Cover: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

A woman holds up a glowing martini glass in front of a green-lit bar. The mix of light and shadow draw the eye, but it’s the subject matter that piques interest: a novel of magic and mixology. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge is, according to the book blurb, an urban fantasy that “blends alcohol… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Footsteps in the Dark

It’s a throwback to what was once considered cool and sophisticated. A man and a woman light up there cigarettes on this cover of Georgette Heyer’s 1932 novel. Though perhaps better known as a writer of Georgian and Regency romances, Footsteps in the Dark was Heyer’s first of several detective novels. Perusing through a selection… Read More ›

By Its Cover: The Death of Kings

Imagine a classic film in black-and-white flickering on a screen in a darkened room. For an instance the frame freezes. A woman stands holding a glass of champagne in a room, reminiscent of an English manor, with a gentleman seated before her and two faceless men behind her. This cover seems to reflect such a… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Someone Always Knows

Sometimes it’s not so much the cover that attracts attention but the title on it. Someone Always Knows. What a loaded statement! It begs the question, “Knows what?” At first glance—and certainly from a distance—the cover may not seem like much. Only the almost-neon green title stands out initially. A closer look reveals the two… Read More ›

A Cover Revealed

The moment I saw my first mystery novel’s cover—and as the publication of my first book neared—I began envisioning what the cover of my second novel could be. The first book with its stylish black-and-white image set a classic traditional mystery tone for the series. I liked the idea of featuring the victim on the… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Death on Demand series

How important is it for a book series to maintain the same look and feel? The open gateway to a cemetery—with either a church or mausoleum beyond the visible graves—first drew my eye. This nighttime scene with its full moon creates a chilling tone suggestive of the supernatural or otherworldly. And then there’s the title:… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Red Line

A lone figure, his back to us, stands by the shore beneath an expanse of bridge.  The bridge is ablaze with lights as dusk deepens in the background.  A literal red line bleeds through the title. Colors matter.  Vibrant colors catch our eye and make us notice them.  The lights on the bridge drew my attention… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Mayhem

This striking cover with its skeletal visage—is it formed by smoke or fire?—wearing a top hat and the vintage map of London behind it have me asking: what is it that we have here? “A moody whodunit with a horrific twist, set in London during Jack the Ripper’s red reign…” says the quote (attributed to… Read More ›

By Its Cover: The Bones of Paris

Do some covers attract attention because they feature someplace we’ve been or wish to go?  When traveling do you bring a book set in the place where you’ll be? Two things stand out on this cover: the Eiffel Tower and off to the left, an equestrian statue.  It’s not the most stellar cover featuring a… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Murder with a Twist

Do certain images attract your attention to a cover? Considering the name of my blog, The Poisoned Martini, it’s not surprising that cocktails on a mystery cover would catch my eye.  Here, front and center, we have two martinis.  I like to think of them as a gin martini with olives and a vodka martini… Read More ›

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