2012 Cozy Mystery/Romantic Suspense Book Covers

Please vote for your favorite cover using the poll at the bottom of the post.

Remember: Vote for the COVER, not the story or the author.  

Voting deadline: Midnight, Saturday, January 26, 2012.



All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon
Publisher: Julie Coulter Bellon
Cover Designer: LibrisPro

I like the relative simplicity of this cover. I like the way it moves from light to dark. You certainly get the feel of suspense with it. However, you don’t get much romance. In fact, there’s really not even a hint of romance and it’s too severe for a “cozy” mystery. I’d probably have put it in the mystery/suspense category except it’s marketed as romantic suspense. I like that the author’s name is big—Julie Coulter Bellon has a fan base that will read anything she writes—but because of the color choices it doesn’t over power the title. Good image. Good cover.


Banana Split by Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Cover Designer:

This is a cozy mystery. While I like the cover, the clever use of image in the font, the colors, the whimsy of the banana split itself, it doesn’t have the hint of murder that most of the other covers in this series have. There’s the net, and because I’ve read the book, I know that’s the instrument of murder, but it’s not immediately recognized as that by an uninformed reader. However, it’s still a really nice cover and I like it!


Code Word by Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant
Cover Designer:

This cover might also be better suited for the straight mystery/suspense category, except that I’ve read it and I know it’s a romantic suspense. So I put it here. And I love it. I love everything about it. The placement and font of the title. The color and placement and size of the author’s name. The way it frames the image seems to pull me into that tunnel. The long corridor, the woman running for her life… I love it! It caught my eye the first time I saw it and continues to catch my eye every time I see it.


Line of Fire by Rachel Ann Nunes
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Cover Designer: ??

I like the bracelet on this cover, the way the heart is wrapped in chains and there’s a key hanging from it. That gives me the feel of romantic suspense, as does the colors. The city view is a little distracting to me, and I think the choice of font and size for the title causes it to get lost. But overall, I like the feeling this cover creates. It’s intriguing.


Secrets of the Red Box by Vickie Hall
Publisher: Vickie Hall
Cover Designer: Vickie Hall

I really like this cover. The black framing the image gives us the feeling of being trapped. I like the font choice of the title. Looks cool. The author’s name is a little dated in font choice, but it’s not too bad. But the best thing…those eyes! And the words all over her face. That is totally cool! Love it!

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