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Nicci French – A Crime Writing Partnership

Best-selling crime thriller author Nicci French has a dual identity as it is the pseudonym of two different authors who write books together. They are Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, a married couple who have both written books previously in under their own names.

However one day they were having a discussion about memories, and realised what a great plot for a book that would make. As they came up with the idea jointly, they decided that they must write the book together, and so Nicci French was born.

The Memory Game

Their first book together was The Memory Game, and such was it’s success that the crime-writing partnership continued. Nicci French have now written twelve standalone books and six so far in the Frieda Klein series. The Frieda Klein books are about a psychoanalyst who is able to solve mysteries through her study and knowledge of the mind.

Secret Smile

Their standalone crime thriller Secret Smile has been televised starring David Tennant, who executes the role of charming psychopath Brendan all too convincingly. Another of their books, The Safe House, about an ex-policeman who agrees to take  a family whose life is under threat into his home, has also been televised in an excellent drama starring Christopher Eccleston.

Writing Together

Writing a book jointly cannot be easy, but Nicci and Sean have found a method that works well for them. As they explained during an interview with The Daily Express, their ideas come from conversations and arguments. They spend months talking an idea over together until they come up with a plot, and then do extensive research. They write in longhand first, creating timelines and maps if necessary, and then move onto the computer.

They don’t write in the same room as they find each other distracting. Nicci writes in a room at the top of their old rectory in Suffolk and Sean has a room downstairs, as well as a shed in the garden.

They don’t have a set routine for writing. One of them will start the book, either a section or several chapters and then email it to the other. The other will then revise the work, continue with the next section of the book and then email it back for revisions and more writing.

They find that although they write in a solitary manner, having someone to talk over ideas and plot hitches with is very valuable.

The Voice of Nicci French

They both feel it is important that no individual style is apparent, so that the voice of Nicci French is what comes through.

Sean and Nicci integrate their own individual writing styles very well, as the reader cannot tell that the book has been written by two different authors and are usually surprised to hear that Nicci French is a joint enterprise. Friends of their’s do try to guess who wrote which section and often get it wrong.

Clearly their method of writing is working for them as they have been working this way for over eighteen years and have become increasingly respected and well known.

Real People

Nicci and Sean’s books feature ‘real’ people with the doubts and fears that all people have (rather than the type of ‘slightly unbelievable’ hero who is good at everything) who find themselves in a stressful situation and whose subsequent thoughts and actions drive the plot forward.

Their books have been very popular with the reading public and critics alike, largely because they concoct interesting plots, concentrate very intensively on character, and write with style and pace. Once you begin a Nicci French book, you don’t want to put it down until you have reached the very last page.

There is only one installment left to write in the Frieda Klein series, but hopefully they will not stop there, and there will be many more crime thrillers to come.

Nicci French Facts

Nicci Gerrard

Born: 1958 in Worcestershire
Lives: Suffolk & London
First Novel with Sean: The Memory Game
Most Recent novel with Sean: Saturday Requiem
Career: English teacher, editor, freelance journalist
Married: To Sean French
Family: 1 son & 3 daughters

Sean French

Born: 1959 in Bristol
Lives: Suffolk & London
First Novel with Nicci: The Memory Game
Most Recent novel with Nicci: Saturday Requiem
Career: Journalist, editor
Married: To Nicci Gerrard
Family: 2 daughters

Unlikely Fictional Detectives – Who Would You Hire?

If you had a real life mystery that needed solving, which unlikely detective would you hire? Which improbable fictional detective would have the experience and the personal qualities to find a solution for you?

There are many famous literary detectives, from Miss Marple to Lord Peter Wimsey, and many of them are the most unlikely detectives you could ever hope to meet.

Yet the very qualities that make them unlikely are sometimes the qualities that enable them to succeed as detectives. For example, Miss Marple’s old-ladylike penchant for gossip has been the source of many useful nuggets of information, and Father Brown’s experience of listening to confession has led to many a confession of the criminal kind.

Peruse our detailed case files below to decide which unlikely detective would be the one for you.

Fictional Detective Case Files

Miss Jane Marple

Born: Between 1871 and 1880
Profession: Elderly spinster
Resides: St Mary Mead, England
Creator: Agatha Christie
First Case: The Murder In The Vicarage
Relevant Qualifications: None
Relevant Experience: Knowledge of human nature learnt from village life & gossip
Important Friend: Inspector Dermot Craddock
Special Qualities: Understands human nature from living in a village all her life, logical reasoner, very observant, a good listener, people trust her
Notable Quotes: “There is a great deal of wickedness in village life. I hope you dear young people will never realize how very wicked the world is.”

“Human nature is much the same everywhere, and, of course, one has opportunities of observing it at closer quarters in a village.”

Father Brown

Born: Probably the late 19th Century
Profession: Priest
Resides: Essex
First Case: The Blue Cross
Creator: GK Chesterton
Relevant Experience: Taking Confession
Relevant Qualifications: None
Important Friend: None
Special Qualities: Sympathetic listener, understands human nature, moral reasoning, tries to understand the criminal’s mindset
Notable Quotes: “But every clever crime is founded ultimately on some one quite simple fact—some fact that is not itself mysterious. The mystification comes in covering it up, in leading men’s thoughts away from it.”

“We can direct our moral wills; but we can’t generally change our instinctive tastes and ways of doing things.”

Brother Cadfael

Born: 12th Century
Profession: Monk
Resides: Shrewsbury
First Case: A Morbid Taste For Bones
Creator: Ellis Peters
Relevant Experience: Soldier in the Crusades & Sea Captain
Relevant Qualifications: None
Important Friend: Deputy Sheriff Hugh Beringar
Special Qualities: Highly intelligent, understands human nature, kind, logical, experience of people gained during his years as a soldier
Notable Quotes: “A blind eye is the easiest thing in the world to turn on whatever is troublesome.”

“Penitence is in the heart, not in words”.

Reverend Sidney Chambers

Born: Probably the 1920s
Profession: Vicar
Resides: Grantchester
First Case: The Shadow of Death
Creator: James Runcie
Relevant Experience: His parishioners confide in him
Relevant Qualifications: None
Special Qualities: Unconventional cleric, can go where police cannot, gentle manner inspires trust, seeks the truth
Important Friend: Inspector Geordie Keating
Notable Quotes: “Restraint is the road to redemption”.

“Introspection and self-awareness were the enemies of contentment,”

Mystery Man

Born: Probably the 1970s or 1980s
Profession: Owner of mystery book shop
Resides: Belfast
First Case: Mystery Man
Creator: Bateman
Relevant Experience: Has read a lot of crime & mystery books
Relevant Qualifications: None
Special Qualities: Unconventional, imaginative, uses his customers to find out things, obsessive compulsive disorder
Important Friend: None
Notable Quotes: “Life is too short to spend an hour and a half on a mystery that will ultimately be solved by a cat.”

“I have a morbid fear of rats, and mice, and nettles and wasps and jagged cans and rotting food and damp newspapers and the unemployed.”

Professor Gervase Fen

Born: Probably  the late 19th Century/Early 20th Century
Profession: Professor of English Language & Literature
Resides: Oxford
First Case: The Case of the Gilded Fly
Creator: Edmund Crispin
Relevant Qualifications: None
Relevant Experience: The skills of a literary critic lead to solving real-life problems
Special Qualities: Naive, unconventional, imaginative, intuitive, has a restless mind
Important Friend: Sir Richard Freeman, Chief Constable
Notable Quotes: “There’s been too much Shakespeare in this case already.”

“I’m getting very bored with all this. I shall go away if it continues. We have completely lost the point in a maze of routine investigation.”

Lord Peter Wimsey

Born: 1890
Profession: Gentleman
Resides: London
First Case: The Attenbury Emeralds
Creator: Dorothy L Sayers
Relevant Qualifications: None
Relevant Experience: Intelligence officer in World War One
Important Friend: Inspector Charles Parker
Special Qualities: Unconventional, interested in criminology, is much cleverer than he pretends to be, proficient with the Playfair cipher, has friends in high places.
Notable Quotes: ” I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.”

“Everybody suspects an eager desire to curry favour, but rudeness, for some reason, is always accepted as a guarantee of good faith.”

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Ann Cleeves: Inspired to Murder

Ann Cleeves has become very well known in recent years due to the dramatisation on television of not just one, but two of her series of books.

Vera, featuring Brenda Blethyn playing police detective Vera Stanhope, and Shetland, featuring Jimmy Perez played by Douglas Henshall, have been incredibly successful series and attracted millions of viewers. Whilst her Shetland and Vera books have been translated into twenty languages and are best sellers in Scandinavia and Germany.

Birds And Murder

Yet Ann has been writing for many years. She began writing when her husband took a job as warden of Hilbre, a small, island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. As she and her husband were the only residents, Ann had plenty of free time to fill and began writing her first crime novel, which was about an elderly naturalist named George Palmer-Jones.

From this early beginning Ann wrote many crime novels, including the Inspector Ramsay series and the George and Molly series, but it was only when she wrote Raven Black and won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger that she hit the big time and was able to write full time.

Inspiration From Fair Isle

The Shetland series was inspired by Ann’s first job as a bird observatory cook on Fair Isle, which lies halfway between Shetland and the Orkneys. Shetland is an archipelago of islands that are one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom.

It was on Fair Isle that she met her husband Tim, an ornithologist who was there to study the birds. The bleak, windswept beauty and close-knit island communities of Shetland inspired the series of books, whilst her hero, detective Jimmy Perez, is from Fair Isle.

Middle-Aged Spinsters

Ann’s other popular series of books, featuring Vera Stanhope, were inspired by the lack of strong, believable, female protagonists in most crime fiction. Vera was modelled on the middle-aged spinsters that Ann knew when growing up; women who had lost men in the war or had never married, who wore awful clothes and who didn’t care about their looks.

Despite looking like a bag lady, Vera is an excellent detective who is capable of being firm and compassionate in her approach. Despite being married to her work, Vera is not the troubled maverick detective that we are familiar with from many other crime series, and this makes a refreshing change.

Far From Ordinary

Ann’s previous job as a probation officer comes in useful for her crime writing, as it gave her insights into the lives and motivations of offenders, but also made her aware of the human story behind them. Ann is a very down-to-earth and ordinary looking person, and yet is clearly very far from ordinary.

Ann writes all her novels at the kitchen table of her little house in Whitley Bay and has no desire to move. According to a Radio Times interview, Ann said that if she moved away and stopped travelling on buses and shopping in Morrisons, she wouldn’t be able to find material for her books. She told the interviewer that her stories are inspired by listening to ordinary people and she has no wish to mix only with other writers or arty types.

Shetland and Vera

If you have watched the televised series’ of Shetland and Vera and enjoyed them, then I urge you to read the books that they are based on. The television dramas are excellent, but can never equal the original novels, where the narrative can be more detailed and the characterisation more intensely explored.


Ann Cleeves Facts

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A Guide To Nordic Noir

‘Nordic Noir’ is a term that you will have heard a lot in reference to crime books, films and television dramas. But what does it actually mean and when did it all begin?

Nordic Noir is a crime fiction genre which stems from Scandinavia. Fiction is written in a realistic style, with a slightly bleak moral outlook, and is often a police procedural.

The Martin Beck Series

Many believe that Nordic Noir originated with Maj Sjowal and Per Wahloo, who wrote the now classic Martin Beck series between the 1960’s and the 1970’s. The ten-book series is collectively called ‘The Story Of A Crime’.

Others say that the genre started even earlier. However the Beck series has been hugely influential, becoming international best-sellers and selling over ten million copies so far. The series is realistic in tone and reflects the social values of the time, and this is why it fits into the Nordic Noir category so well.

The series starts with ‘Roseanna’ and ends with ‘The Terrorists’, and several have been made into films including ‘The Laughing Policeman’. They are well worth a read.

Origins Of Nordic Noir

The roots of Nordic Noir may also be rooted in the Swedish crime film, which emerged in the 1940’s when the welfare state started to take shape. Film Noir emerged after the Second World War, and it reflects a dark and disillusioned side of this vision of the state caring for the vulnerable in society. Nordic Noir blends Film Noir, Swedish crime stories and the concerns about the welfare model of the state.

Features Of Nordic Noir

The characters in Nordic Noir are socially awkward, focused on goals and extremely determined; whilst the bleak, cold Scandinavian landscape is a suitable backdrop for the angst which the protagonists are suffering. Nordic Noir detectives are realistic, flawed human beings, who doubt themselves and whose relationships tend to be troubled. This realism is very attractive, as is the unequivocal writing style which isn’t heavy on metaphors or hidden meanings.

There are no car chases and little in the way of exciting action scenes. Instead we follow the detective as he or she painstakingly follows the evidence to try and solve the case; whilst at the same time agonising over the moral dilemmas and uncertainties that ‘real’ human beings experience.

According to the The Economist, Nordic Noir can be broken down into three main elements; language, heroes and setting. There is a focus on simple writing, psychology, police procedures and the background of the harsh, chilly physical landscape permeates throughout.

Take a look through our Nordic Noir section to find a title that appeals to you.



Nordic Noir Authors To Look Out For

Henning Mankell

Start by reading one, or all, of the books in the Martin Beck series and then move on to Henning Mankell, whose Wallander series is considered to be firmly rooted in Nordic Noir. Kurt Wallander is a complicated character with few friends, whose marriage has failed and who has a troubled relationship with his daughter Linda.

Wallander takes his work very seriously and endures huge amounts of stress if he feels that the case is not going well, or that his handling of a situation or person has been flawed.

Mankell is a hugely talented writer whose books have been very popular in Sweden and internationally. His books have been made into two very good television series set in Sweden, one in English and starring Kenneth Branagh.

Jo Nesbo

Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, and his detective Harry Hole, are also very popular. Hole is an angst-ridden character, who also has trouble with his relationships and is a recovering alcoholic. He is a good detective, with an instinct for nosing out criminals, but doesn’t always follow procedure. Hole becomes obsessively focused on his cases, to the exclusion of almost everything else, which could help to explain his relationship problems.

The action takes place in and around Oslo, and the harsh, frozen Norwegian landscape is a suitable backdrop both for Hole’s moods, which can be bleak, and for the dark deeds which are committed by the criminals. I can rarely finish a book if I dislike the main character, but despite his flaws, Harry Hole is a likeable character, which is important in keeping the reader on board.

Stieg Larsson

There has been a lot of hype about Stieg Larsson and his ‘Millennium’ trilogy, partly fuelled by his sudden death shortly after delivering the three manuscripts to his publisher’s office. However in this case the hype is fully justified.

The heroine Lisbeth Salander is the strongest female character I have ever encountered in a crime novel. She is highly intelligent, emotionally tough, amoral, determined to the point of obsession and very flawed.

In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first in the trilogy, most of the action is centred on a small island off the coast of Sweden. A girl who disappeared many years previously is the mystery that needs to be solved and Mikhael Blomkvist, a reporter and editor of Millennium magazine is hired, ostensibly to write a history book, but in reality to find out what happened to the missing girl.

When Blomkvist comes across Salander, who ends up helping him in his quest, he realises that here is an even greater mystery. Salander is aggressive, uncooperative and mysterious, but never have I rooted more for a central character.

The two follow up books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, are equally compelling, and as more is revealed about Salander’s past, the books become compulsive reading.

Two films have been made so far; a Swedish film and a Hollywood version starring Daniel Craig. The films are good, but they don’t come even close to the magnificence of the books.  I highly recommend this ground-breaking trilogy.

Karin Fossum

Norwegian Karin Fossum writes psychological crime thrillers which are ‘whydunnits’ rather than ‘whodunnits’, but also have a police procedural element.

Her hero, Inspector Konrad Sejer, is unlike Wallander and Hole in that he is a calm and sensible widower, who doesn’t suffer from tempestuous mood swings or suffer overmuch from angst. Sejer quietly and methodically follows the evidence until the crime is solved, and sometimes seems more of a background character compared to the other protaganists.

Fossum’s writing reminds me of Ruth Rendell in some ways. She often focuses on an ordinary person who, through extraordinary circumstances, commits a crime, and then concentrates upon the inevitable consequences. The thoughts and emotions of these ordinary people are compassionately exposed and are magnified by the harsh beauty and isolation of the Norwegian landscape.

Others To Look Out For

If you enjoy Nordic Noir and still have any free time left,  then also look out for Liza Marklund, Johan Theorin, Anne Holt, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Kristina Ohlsson, Camilla Lackberg, Arne Dahl, Ake Edwardson, Arnaldur Indridason, Mons Kallentoft, Lars Keplar, Karin Alvtegen, Asa Larsson, Hakan Nesser, Gunnar Staaleson, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Quentin Bates and James Thompson.

These are all great writers and good examples of authors who specialise in Nordic Noir.[/box]

The Brilliance of Ruth Rendell

The death of Ruth Rendell in 2015 was sad for her family and also for the many fans of her writing.

No longer will we be able to follow the exploits of Inspector Wexford and his family.  No longer will we be able to make ourselves feel uneasy, but fascinated, by her standalone psychological thrillers, which explored the complex dark side of human nature.

An Immensely Talented Writer

Rendell’s writing was sophisticated enough to make her books stand out from the crime and thriller genre in general and become works of literature in their own right. Rendell appeared to have such an intimate knowledge of the inner recesses of the minds of disturbed and criminal people, that it is sometimes hard to believe that she was a law-abiding citizen. Yet she clearly was.

The Mind Of A Murderer

Rendell understood the universal truth that people are complex and that no one is all good or all bad. We are all capable of evil acts to some degree, no matter how small. In the right, or wrong circumstances, could any one of us commit a crime? It is easy to say no to this question.

But sometimes such certainties come with ignorance. If we, or our loved ones were threatened, who knows whether we would respond with violence or with reason? We can never really be sure until we have experienced such a situation.

I don’t think that Rendell sympathised with the minds of disturbed human beings, but she did appear to have great understanding of them. Which is why her portrayals of these people are so real, raw and convincing. When reading her books, you find yourself drawn into her storyline, and after you have turned the last page, her characters virtually take possession of your mind for some time afterwards.

Police Procedurals & Psychological Thrillers

Rendell wrote police procedural novels featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and Inspector Burden, as well as standalone psychological thrillers. In addition she wrote standalone thrillers under the name Barbara Vine.

She was equally talented at both of these types of genre, and I enjoy reading them both, when in different frames of mind. I will particularly miss Wexford and his family – his wife Dora, and his daughters Sheila and Sylvia, with whom I became familiar over the years.

Never Met A Criminal

Ruth Rendell apparently never met a criminal, and never studied or took much interest in criminology. Yet despite this, her insights uncannily portraying the thoughts and actions of criminally minded and unbalanced individuals.

According to Rendell’s obituary in the Telegraph (2 May 2015) she liked to eavesdrop on people’s conversations and preferred to walk rather than travel by car, so that she could study people. This people-watching clearly fertilised Rendell’s brilliant ideas and her great talent. Rendell was left-wing, a feminist and very aware of societal changes. This outlook influenced her work, as did her familiarity with London.

If you have somehow reached your present age and never read Ruth Rendell, then waste no more time and get hold of one of her books today. You won’t regret it.

Ruth Rendell Facts

  • Born:                 1930 in London
  • Died:                  2015 aged 85
  • First Book:        From Doon With Death in 1964
  • Last Book:        Dark Corners in 2015
  • Ruth Rendell:   50 novels, 2 novellas & 12 short story collections
  • Barbara Vine:  14 novels as Barbara Vine
  • Career:              Newspaper reporter & sub-editor
  • Married:           Donald Rendell in 1950
  • Family:             1 son named Simon
  • Awards:            3 Edgars & several bronze, silver & gold daggers
  • Plaudits:           Awarded a CBE in 1996 & became a Labour Peer in 1997

Would Cicero Have Read Crime Thrillers?

I’ve learnt about psychology, forensics, police procedures, court proceedings, professions other than my own, other ways of life, and life in other countries; all by reading crime thrillers.

Famous Readers

Famous book lovers are littered throughout our history, and have included Marcus Tullius Cicero, Abraham Lincoln and Jane Austen. They may not have read crime and thriller books, but like us, they realised the value of reading and how much can be learnt from books.

“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labour; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The famous orator and senator of Ancient Rome, Cicero, was also a notable reader. Even if he had been given access to modern crime thrillers, Cicero may have felt that his own life was too exciting to need to gain his thrills through reading. For those of us with slightly more normal lives however, reading thrillers can be a way of experiencing fear at a safe distance. Which is certainly the most sensible way to experience it!

Books are a uniquely portable magic

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the USA in 1861 and he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves within the Confederacy in 1863. Lincoln loved reading. He came from a poor family and had hardly any formal education, but made great efforts to educate himself by devouring books.

“I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books… Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” Abraham Lincoln

Jane Austen is famous as the writer of ‘Pride And Prejudice’ and other great literary works, but she also very much enjoyed reading books. Jane and her siblings grew up in a household that encouraged learning, and were encouraged to read books from their father’s impressive library.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!  When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen

Travel the World Through Books

My sentiments reflect Jane’s very precisely and I am building up my own personal library. You don’t have to travel to know the world, you don’t have to meet all who exist to know people, and you don’t need to be a scientist to have an appreciation of scientific advances. You can learn about all of these things by reading books.

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” William Styron

Put Your Feet Up With a Good Book

So don’t feel guilty when you sit down and put your feet up with a good book, because reading is never a waste of time, and you are in very august company.

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but people often do. Which is why publishers spend so much time and money getting the cover artwork designed. Book covers are an important marketing tool because if well designed, they will give a good indication of what the book is about.

A ‘pink and fluffy’ cover is unlikely to be crime fiction, whilst a cover portraying a dark, misty wood is more likely to be a thriller than a romance. However covers for the same books do change over the years (if they hang around for long enough).

Agatha Christie

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover
Pulp fiction (click to enlarge)

Take Agatha Christie for example; her books have had more artwork styles on the covers than I’ve had hot dinners, well almost. My favourite Agatha Christie cover artwork is the pulp fiction styles from the 1950’s and early 1960’s; over the top yes… melodramatic yes… but you really want to pick them up and read them. I love them!

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover
Tom Adams

I like the Tom Adams covers too, which dated from the late 1960’s right up to the early 1980’s. Adams put a lot of thought into his art; he read each book twice and then did a painting that captured what he saw as the essence of the story.

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover
Signature cover

There have been some fairly dodgy Christie cover designs in the intervening years, in my opinion.

However, the Agatha Christie signature editions from the 2000’s are excellent. They’re retro in look and beautifully executed; for me they capture the style, wit and drama of Christie’s stories.

Book Cover Fashions

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover

Generally speaking, books with bright neon-coloured spines and titles, on a black and white photographic image appear to be fashionable at the moment. This may be purely so that it stands out on the shelf, or  may be intended to introduce a little shock value to express that an exciting storyline is contained within.

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover

Book covers featuring shadowy silhouettes seem to be popular designs for Nordic Noir, Often these lonely figures are standing in misty landscapes, or snow scenes, some are shown near the edge of frozen forests. This is a great way to express the often bleak outlook of the detective protagonists and the dark, heartless nature of the crimes committed.

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover

Close-up photographs of a woman’s face looking startled or afraid are also popular in the crime and thriller genre. Clearly these are intended to convey the tense and thrilling nature of the storyline within, although I’m not sure why only female characters are used. Good old fashioned sexism perhaps? Don’t they know that women read thrillers too?

Gloss used to be good, but now matte laminate is king. Cover artwork fashions come and go; some make me wince in horror, others make me chuckle, and some I absolutely adore and want to collect. They are always changing and always fascinating.

Good Book, Bad Book

When I’m faced with two different editions of the same crime book from a seller, I won’t always pick the newest edition, I will pick the one with my favourite artwork.

Don’t Judge a Crime Book by its Cover
Same book, different covers. Which one do I pick?

So whilst a good cover can’t make a bad book good, a good cover can make a good book even better.