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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop


  This is a fun meme for the weekends, count Friday and Monday as part of your weekend and have even more fun!

  “This is a weekly meme, where you can get to display all those beautiful, funny, crazy and even those that make you think book covers you come across each week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love looking at different book covers. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but they are sure fun to look at.

The Blog Hop is hosted by Yvonne, over at ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog‘ and the rules for taking part are pretty simple:

  1. Cross to ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog’. Take the button at the top of her post and post it on your blog.

2. Chose a book cover of your choice and post it. (You can post as many covers as you’d like.)

3. Sign up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Please use the url that links directly to your cover art post.

4. Visit other blogs on the list to see what covers they are featuring this week.


Yvonne, given that you have recently started up your great new blog, ‘Socrates’ Cozy Cafe’, especially for all us ‘Cozy Mystery Readers’, I thought that my cover this week would highlight one of our most prolific English cozy mystery writers.

M.C. Beaton, is a pseudonym for Scottish born author Marion Chesney, although she now resides in the picturesque Cotswolds region of  England.

She has written a large series of books for both of her main characters, Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth and this week I would like to preview her 22nd book in the Agatha Raisin series, which is due for release in October 2011


“The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the winter months after the holidays by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, has arrived with her former protegée and current rival in the private detection racket, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem….

‘Stop!’ she screams suddenly.

The “pig,” in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when Gary’s ex-wife hires Toni to investigate. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as obviously vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha could do anything other than solve the case herself?”


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    • Hi Vicki,

      As there have been so many books in the series, I haven’t read them all by any means.

      In fact I haven’t read any for a few years now, but they were always a fun and enjoyable way to pass a few hours and judging by their continued popularity, that scenario obviously hasn’t changed.

      M.C. Beaton has definitely found a winning formula, without doubt.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    • Hi Nikki,

      There are just too many books, written by so many talented authors, that I could never hope to read as many as I would like to.

      I do try to mix the genres that I read, so that I can sample as many different authors work as possible, but I am still fighting an uphill struggle.

      M.C. Beaton is a great author if you like an easy to read, cozy mystery, definitely one of the best exponents of the genre in my opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing, hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and have a great weekend.

  • That is a very provocative cover…I like it a lot. This author sounds incredibly prolific—I have not read any of her books…..
    Book covers can certainly be an important part of selling a big, don’t you think? I don’t mean that THAT is what makes you buy the book, but it certainly can arrest your attention so that you pick the book up and actually take a look at it—Especially if you are not familiar with the author.

    • Hi Naomi,

      This book has two different covers (here is a link if you want to take a look at the alternative)


      One is as provocative as the other, especially when you take into account that here in the UK, a not very polite euphemism for a policeman, is a ‘pig’, which sounds as if it is of some relevance to the storyline of the book, judging by the synopsis.

      As you say, very few people would actually buy a book, purely because of the cover, but they do play an important part in catching the reader’s eye, on a shelf full of dozens of other books for sale.

      I like the cover to be relevant to the story, almost a part of the synopsis and there are some great cover artists working out there, these days.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking part in the discussion.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      There are some great contenders for the cover art blog this week and there is certainly no shortage of material out there for many more weeks to come …

      Some of the modern cover artists are really excellent, although I guess you can’t compare them to their predecessors, as their job has been made infinitely easier with the introduction of computer technology, although there has to be the creative spark in the first place to conceptualise the finished design.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, have a great weekend

    • Hi Kathy,

      I find that is the great thing about cozy mystery books … the majority of them have some fantastic, fun cover art, that puts you in just the right frame of mind before you even open the book.

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