BBCF: The Alphabet Mysteries

For this week’s Bad Book Cover Friday, we have the covers of Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series, a.k.a. the Kinsey Millhone novels. Kakaner referred me to these for the purposes of BBCF, and ever since then I can’t stop seeing them in used book sale piles everywhere.

Sue Grafton - C is for Corpse

Deeply mediocre, in a “we had no budget so we gave our cover designs to a 6th grader with Word Art pretensions” kind of way. Simplicity has its advantages in terms of recognizability, of course – as evidenced by my inability to not see these everywhere now – but. well. You could try to make it look a little less like you spent 5 minutes in Photoshop per cover doing these.

Also, on first look, the juxtaposition of the title and the cover blurb on the above cover made me think that “refreshing heroine” referred to the titular corpse. Did this happen to anyone else?

A couple more under the cut…

Sue Grafton - U is for Undertow

“Yarrrr, I am embossed”

Sue Grafton - S is for SilenceDunno why the ones I picked out all ended up being blue.

As a general note, apologies for the deadness around here lately – Kakaner and I have both been swamped. (Hence also this rather tepid post.)

– E

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  1. Anda’s avatar

    SO MANY TANGENTS. That’s all I can see is that GIANT tangent with the giant ‘C’ and the’ C’ in corpse.

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  2. kakaner’s avatar

    Anda– observed like a true NARD

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