You CAN Judge a Book by Its Cover: Mystery
July 26, 2012
When you first walk into a library, all the wonderful possibilities can be a little overwhelming. Which one do I choose? How will I know if the book is too racy or scary?
Well, publishers today try to help customers out when selecting a book, especially in the mystery and romance genres. Here are some ways to gauge a book just by looking at the cover alone.
If a cover has bright colors, it is considered a cozy mystery. A cozy mystery is more about who-done-it and there are no graphic murder scenes. Example: Night of the Living Dandelion by Kate Collins.
If a cover has more red tones on the cover, the novel is going to be a bit more bloody and graphic. Example: Hurt Machine by Reed Farrel Coleman.
If the cover has dark grays and blacks, the novel is going to be more of a psychological thriller. The tones will be darker, just like the colors on the cover. Example: Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.
Also, if you like profession based mystery novels, look for symbols of that certain career on the covers. For example, surgical tools or political buildings.
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