Off to Greece this week, with the cover of The Brutal Telling as envisioned by our Greek colleagues. There’s clearly a stark difference between the two cover treatments: while we chose to emphasize the fall season in our jacket approach, they focus on traditional mystery elements.
With the silhouette of a raven, their cover puts the reader in the mind of Edgar Allen Poe, and immediately suggests something sinister is afoot. In contrast, the US jacket focuses on the vibrant fall foliage of Canada, with only the darkness at the edges to symbolize danger.
Both jackets, however, speak to the untamed landscape that Chief Inspector Gamache must navigate to solve the crime.
Which cover do you think best fits the story?
If you were designing a new cover, which elements of the book would you choose to highlight?