‘One of those rare gems that comes to the reviewer out of the blue . . . enough twists to shame a cobra . . . the story fairly rips along, defying the reader to put the book down . . . Christine Poulson should be heralded as the fine entrant to the world of crime fiction she most certainly is.’ [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.┬áBut 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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