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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.


This week I am featuring a book from one of my most favourite genres, the ‘Crime Thriller’.

I am also featuring Tim Weaver, a new to me author, whom I shall be featuring in a later post.

Whilst carrying out some research about Tim for said post, I unearthed not only this great duo of books, but some fantastic cover art for my ‘Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop’ and best of all, discovered that Tim lives only a few miles from my own home town, which means that I am able to promote a local author into the bargain …

The Dead Tracks, is the second book to feature the great new character Tim has created, Missing Persons Investigator, David Raker.

I chose the cover of this second book over that of the first, because it really spooked me. We have lots of disused railway and mining tunnels in this part of the country, many of which run under the towns and cities, especially in the City of Bath, where structural damage to the homes and businesses above is quite common and very expensive to remedy. I suffer quite badly with claustrophobia and a fear of the dark, so will avoid using the railway and especially the underground (subway) network, at all costs. Even driving through road tunnels is quite off-putting and to be endured for a short time only, so the thought of being pursued down a tunnel similar to the one illustrated on this book cover, is completely horrifying …


A serial killer more terrifying than you could ever imagine . . .

Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight-A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Six months on, she’s never been found.

Missing persons investigator David Raker knows what it’s like to grieve. He knows the shadowy world of the lost too. So, when he’s hired by Megan’s parents to find out what happened, he recognizes their pain – but knows that the darkest secrets can be buried deep.

And Megan’s secrets could cost him his life.

Because as Raker investigates her disappearance, he realizes everything is a lie. People close to her are dead. Others are too terrified to talk. And soon the conspiracy of silence leads Raker towards a forest on the edge of the city. A place with a horrifying history – which was once the hunting ground for a brutal, twisted serial killer.

A place known as the Dead Tracks. . .


Sounds great to me, I’m going to be reading this just as soon as possible, have a great weekend everyone.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Love that cover! Yes, I’m a cover snob!

    And, this is my favorite type of read. Mystery, secrets and suspense. Hope you like it, can’t wait for your review!

    • Hi Vicki,

      I am not really a cover ‘snob’, but I do like the cover to reflect the story in some way and I like a good strong cover, not something that is vague and a bit ‘wishy washy’.

      I will read just about any genre, but have to admit that, crime/thriller/murder/detectives are my most favourite reads.

      I was so pleased to discover that this new to me author lives right on my doorstep, that I can’t possibly not try one of his books.

  • That cover does look a bit scary. I’m not a Thriller/Suspense lover. I may read one or two a year, but that is about all I can handle. I do enjoy the cozy mysteries, though.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      It’s a good job that we aren’t all the same, isn’t it? or there would not be the amazing variety and choice of fantastic books and great authors our there.

      I too like cozy mysteries, when I am in the mood for a light and breezy read and once again I find that I am spoilt for choice these days.

      Hope that you enjoy your film ‘The Help’, this weekend. This is one book that I have yet to read, have you already read it, or are you going into the film with ‘fresh eyes’?

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Yes, it looks and sounds like great, edge-of-the-seat stuff to me.

      The cover spooked me a bit, but only because of the ‘tunnel phobia’ issues, once I get my hands on the book and start reading, I know that I shall forget all about that.

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting a great fun meme again this week.

  • Not an author I’ve read, but definitely one I’ll be checking out. This book sounds right up my street. Christmas is coming up, so maybe I should add them to my wishlist 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      They are both already on my list, they are definitely right up my street.

      Tim is going to be hosting an informal workshop about getting started in crime writing, in November. The details are to be the subject of my next post. I probably won’t be attending that particular event, but I shall be on the look out for any future ‘meet the author’ sessions he is hosting.

      Enjoy the rest of your day, I am still traumatised after reading your ‘cat’, post!

      • Ah, you’ve just answered the question I left on the event post.

        I checked out the books on Amazon and they definitely sound like ones I’d enjoy. Talking of Amazon, your book was dispatched today!

        Haha, sorry for the traumatising post! I doubt I’ll be making anything using our cats’ hair, but I may just have a go at making the cat and book cover. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who’s as afraid of cats as you are!

        • Hi Nikki,

          I am never likely to be writing the next, best selling crime novel, so I think that most of the session probably wouldn’t be relevant to me, but I shall definitely be looking to go along to a ‘meet the author’ session, if one crops up in the local area.

          The books are already on my ‘wish list’, quite near the top actually, they sound great.

          Thanks for the info. about the book. Once Amazon have dispatched their delivery times are generally pretty quick and I am really looking forward to it arriving.

          I seriously am that afraid of cats and other small furry animals. That fear is only matched by my fear of enclosed spaces (including tunnels) and hospitals, about which I am completely paranoid. I Can’t even go visiting without getting palpitations and feeling sick and I always have to change and wash all the clothes I was wearing as soon as I get home.

          Wow! just read that back, do I sound weird or what?

  • I do love that cover on Dead Tracks and the book sounds fantastic too will add to my TBR list. All the underground railroads and mining tunnels in your area sound like things nightmares are made of 🙂
    The pics of the shoreline on my blog are a huge lake not the ocean. Lake Michigan is one of the Great Lakes here in the US.
    Have a great week!

    • Hi Peggy,

      The book sounds great doesn’t it? as does the first book in the series, so both are now well and truly on my reading list. Apart from scaring me to death, I love the cover of this particular book for its simplicity and strength. This ‘picture paints a thousand words’ for me.

      The mining tunnels have proved to be a living nightmare for many residents in the areas of Bath worst affected.



      The work took several years to complete, with some major delays along the way and cost many millions of pounds to make safe.

      I have been back into your post and corrected my stupid mistake …. a ‘blonde’ moment from a non-blonde. I did read the post thoroughly I promise, but selective vision together with the brain not keeping pace with everything else, resulted in some strange ‘gobbeldygook’ response, I apologise.

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