Fabulous cover design for Murder at Mykenai
I’ve just seen the new cover for Murder at Mykenai and it’s a stunner. Nicole Onslow and Gayna Murphy have done a fabulous job. It’s very simple but it says huge amounts about the book by combining the triple elements of action/adventure, danger and friendship into one image.
The menacing promise of the title, the excitement of the escape scenes, the predatory villain, the sea battle – all these things make for a really fast, gripping read. You could illustrate all of this with pictures of swords and blood. But then it would look just like any book about swords and blood.
Or you could have a cosy sort of picture of Odysseus and Menelaos, perhaps with Argos in there somewhere, wagging his tail, which would tell the reader about the strength of the two boys’ friendship but not much else.
Somehow they’ve managed to gather it all together. And the style is modern but also as firmly set in Ancient Greece as an ancient vase painting. If I were browsing in a bookshop, I would want to buy this book. Not that I’m biased …