One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN, by Sherry Thomas
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.
But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.
My impression: There are so many elements to this cover! I love the colors of this one: the deep teal shadows, the gold and white of the light, and the vibrant red of the woman’s dress. The subtle details are wonderful: the impression of mist and ivy, the magnifying glasses in the filigree in the corners, even the folds and pinstripes of the woman’s dress. The woman hesitating on the front steps with the door pushed slightly open evokes a feeling of mystery, suspense, and danger. This is a beautiful, eye-catching cover, and it definitely intrigues me.
Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers: