It's been a while since I last posted a cozy mystery book cover on my blog. Here is the cover for "Toxic Designs," part of the "Mysteries Unraveled" series by Annie's Publishing. It's hard to believe that I worked on this cover almost two years ago!
If you haven't seen my previous cozy mystery blog posts, cozy mystery covers tend to have a quaint, small-town setting, a hobby theme (crochet in this case), and a "sinister element" that suggests danger.
For this cover, this is what the AD asked for:
- Bright, airy kitchen setting with lots of sunlight streaming in
- A centerpiece bouquet of oleander on the table
- Two place settings on the table, as if someone was just eating
- A crochet shawl or afghan draped over one of the chairs
- The other chair should be overturned (the first sinister element)
- Crochet supplies on the table
- On the floor in front of the cabinets is a large (maybe 18-inch) decorative planter with a beautiful assortment of foxgloves in full bloom
- In view in the planter is one of those small plastic stake identifiers that normally have plant name and info. In this case the stake has a skull and crossbones on it (the second sinister element)
Quite an order, as usual with these types of covers. Here are the three roughs I sent to the AD:
The AD decided that he liked the third rough best, but requested that I move the table over and change which chair was overturned onto the floor. He also pointed out that I drew the shape of the planter tag thing wrong, and I forgot to add the crocheted afghan (whoops!). He asked me to draw the afghan on the floor, as if it had fallen off the back of the chair.
Half of the time spent painting this cover was probably spent on those foxgloves!
Here is the completed cover!