‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]


Judging a book by its cover

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in An Air That Kills | 6 Comments

It’s an exciting moment when your editor sends you the cover design for your new novel. It makes the whole enterprise seem so much more real. And I am delighted by what the designer has come up: truly and fittingly sinister, I feel. An Air That Kills is the third in the series and this cover continues the colour scheme and general design of the other two. I am lucky to have such striking covers.

Can a cover persuade someone to buy a book? Not sure, but at the very least it can grab the book-buyer’s attention. And conversely a cover can put a reader off: that has certainly happened to me.

Does this mean I have actually finished writing the novel? Well, no, I still pondering the last few chapters as well as revising the earlier ones. But there’s nothing like seeing the cover (and being given a publication date: 22 November) to light a fire under a writer …


  1. Margot Kinberg
    June 7, 2019

    Oh, Christine, that’s a fabulous cover! How very, very exciting for you! I can’t wait to read the book, and I wish you all the success there is with it.

  2. tracybham
    June 7, 2019

    I am very excited to see a publication date of November 22nd. And I like the continuity in the cover design.

    • Christine Poulson
      June 7, 2019

      Thank you, Tracy! I am glad you like the cover. As for its contents I do have one or two tricky details still to iron out . . .

  3. moira @ClothesInBooks
    June 14, 2019

    Great news! |That looks very creepy, and I can see it is in line with the others. Now get on with writing, so we can all look forward to November.


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