Thursday, March 26, 2009

Covers of 2008, Part 2

Here are some more covers from mysteries published in 2008. We put out a call for authors who loved their covers and got a great response. If you're eligible to vote for the Anthonys nominees (including the cover art category), you have a ballot that asks for your picks by author and title and also book format (hardback, trade paper, or mass market paperback). Authors can add format information as a comment at the end of this post. Or folks who want to vote for them to be nominated can check Amazon for the format. If you didn't see the first batch (Covers of 2008) last Thursday, March 19, you can find that post via the search box or scrolling down on the blog. Again, we're not connected in any way with the Anthonys--just giving as many covers as we can wider circulation.

Donna Andrews, Cockatiels at Seven and Six Geese A-Slaying



Rhys Bowen, A Royal Pain and Tell Me, Pretty Maiden



Libby Fischer Hellman, Easy Innocence


Sheila Connolly, One Bad Apple


Karen Olson, Shot Girl


Toni Kelner, Without Mercy


JL Wilson, Autographs, Abductions, and A-List Authors and Candy, Corpses, and Classified Ads



Leann Sweeney, Pushing Up Bluebonnets


Barbara Colley, Wash and Die


Charlotte Phillips, Hacksaw


CM Albrecht, Music


Franklin Levy, Die, Decorator, Die


Charlaine Harris & Toni Kelner, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe


Leslie Klinger, The New Annotated Dracula


Lois Carroll, Just A Memory


Maggie Bishop, Perfect for Framing


Marion Hill, Death Books A Return


Maryann Miller, One Small Victory


Nix Winter, The Silver Comb


Tony Wolfmont, Dying in a Winter Wonderland


Joanna Campbell Slan, Paper, Scissors, Death


Michelle Gagnon, Boneyard


RJ McDonnell, Rock & Roll Homicide


Larry Karp, The King of Ragtime


Deb Baker, Murder Talks Turkey (trade paperback)


LJ Sellers, The Sex Club


Michael Stanley, A Carrion Death



Mary Ellen Hughes, Paper-Thin Alibi


Elizabeth Zelvin, Death Will Get You Sober

21 comments:

J L said...

Thanks for doing this -- there are some great covers there and I'm happy to give kudos to my cover artist in particular (thanks, Kim!) My books are available via Amazon, B&N, etc. and feature 'mystery with a touch of romance, romance with a touch of gray'.

Thanks again!

Judi Fennell said...

Nice covers - definitely quite a few that caught my eye. And will soon catch my wallet! :)

Sheila Connolly said...

Thanks for making this possible. It is certainly interesting to see so many covers side by side.

It's a shame that the artists get little or no credit for their work. How many of us can put a name to our cover artist?

L.J. Sellers said...

I can. Gwen Rhoads did the cover for The Sex Club. Thanks for this display.

Sandy Balzo said...

OK, I'm an idiot. I sent you my new cover (Brewed, Crude and Tattooed), not my 2008 Bean There, Done That, which would be the one eligible. Liz, can I send you the RIGHT one this time?

Sandy

Elizabeth Zelvin said...

Sandy, send me your cover and I'll put it in with the smaller group I'm posting next week. Last call! I'll also post my jacket designer and photographer's names next week
(Sheila, check your back flap) and a little about my own cover's journey.

Mary Ellen Hughes said...

The cover designer for Paper-thin Alibi was Annette Fiore DeFex. I love the way she coordinated the innocent crafting materials with ominious murder implements. Colorful, but with a sinister background.

Julie Kramr said...

And the parade of covers continues.
Thanks, Liz. This is the most colorful blog ever.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Wow. These are really great. An author friend who's been in the business for decades told me that back in the day distributors would line up new books, stand back and see what jumped out at them. The ones that "jumped" were the ones they pushed because they knew the consumer would reach for them.

www.joannaslan.com
Author of Agatha-Nominated Paper, Scissors, Death

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Sheila, my cover artist is a wonderful guy by the name of Kevin Brown. He did the cover on Paper, Scissors, Death and on Cut, Crop & Die. Plus, he made the background files available to me to give away to my scrapbooking friends.

www.joannaslan.com

Snipit said...

There are a lot of great covers. I really like the "Rock & Roll Homicide" one. When I write my novel I would want something like that, very edgy.

Mary Ricksen said...

Great covers, wonderful artwork!

Pat said...

The cover of Rock and Roll Homicide is great! It is simple yet gets the point across. I really like it!

Pat Browning said...

The cover design for Absinthe of Malice was by Andrej Godjevac, working with the publisher at Krill Press.

Krill is a start-up press and the publisher tests cover designs by flashing them at his wife. I'd say they both have impeccable taste. (-:

Thank you, Liz, for doing this. Just reminds us all how important covers are.

Pat Browning

Rosemary Harris said...

Too right about the cover artist..my guy is David Rotstein and he's worked tirelessly on the two Dirty Business covers. The artists very often have to serve many masters...author, publisher, sales dept. Can I still send mine in, Liz?
I love the range in this assortment!

Marilynne said...

I love the colors. Would you leave them as a public exhibit? It's an historical comment I think. The year of the cozies and blood red thrillers.

Marilynne

Marilynne said...

That was supposed to be "I love the covers." Sorry about the flying fingers.

Marilynne

Elizabeth Zelvin said...

Marilynne, that "colors" for "covers" could be homonym aphasia--enter that term in the search box and you'll see my blog on it a while back. Rosemary, I've got your cover. Any author who hasn't sent one in and would like to, please email it to me as a jpeg at liz@elizabethzelvin.com BEFORE next Thursday, April 2, when we'll wrap up our 2008 gallery tour. Thanks, everybody, for making it so much fun. :)

Charlotte Phillips, Co-Author of The Eva Baum Detective Series said...

Liz,

Thanks so much for doing this - I love seeing all the covers together. Don't know how anyone will be able to pick a "best" out of these.

Char

Michelle Gagnon said...

Thanks for posting these, Liz. There are some great ones here...

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