Friday Face Off : ‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’ – a cover featuring a murder scene

This week I had a specific book in mind but then changed it at the last moment because the rather brilliant Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes popped into my head and on checking it out it certainly has a few very different offerings.  I love Lauren Beukes and if you haven’t checked out her work I strongly recommend you do so (although her themes can be a little dark):

Scary covers!  The two I would have to choose between would be:

I like both of these for entirely different reasons,  But, on balance I would go with the cover below because for me it’s perfect for the story:


Which is your favourite.

Next week – a cover that is predominantly red

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

29th June – ‘Lips as red as the rose’ – a cover that is predominantly red

6th July – ‘The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, ‘ – a cover that is windswept

13th July –‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre

20th July -‘In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow’A cover featuring icicles or snow

27th July – “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”  – a cover that is steampunk

3rd August – “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – a cover featuring a starry sky

10th August – ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! – A cover with a mask

17th August – ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’ – A cover featuring a door ajar or closed

24th August – ‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers


4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


22 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘Murder most foul, as in the best it is’”

  1. Friday Faceoff – Murder Most Foul… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFace-off | Brainfluff

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  2. sjhigbee

    What a stunning choice! These really are very disturbing and eye-catching covers… I haven’t read the book and being a wuss, I don’t think I will. But I certainly agree with your favourite, though I also very much like the scary stag – the colours in that cover are beautiful.

    • @lynnsbooks

      This is quite a dark story so maybe not one for you – although I do love Beukes – have you read any of hers? Zoo City?
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh yes – I loved Zoo City… but I tried The Shining Girls and quickly stopped – it was waaay out of my comfort zone.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yes, The Shining Girls isn’t for everyone – a bit brutal and I think if that one didn’t work for you neither will this one.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        That was my instinct too. Thank you for confirming that:).

  3. Carmen

    Strange and spooky covers. I like the one you chose.

  4. Tammy

    Great choice! This book never occurred to me for this week’s theme, but its perfect. I love a lot of these, and I can’t choose. The only one I don’t like is the second to last, it’s pretty boring.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was going with another book originally and had saved some covers but then this sprang into my mind for some reason and I just changed my mind.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, what a creepy cover you chose. I love it too! I simply mist read this book!

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like your choice because it expresses the weirdness of the theme quite well. The one on the left, in the second row, is also very arresting…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a very unusual story to be honest – but I love Beukes writing.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like your second favorite best! I love the colors and the silhouetted stag. Tho the one you picked is awesome too! Its my second favorite 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That blue with the Stag is gorgeous and I knew it felt familiar (Mogsy used it for an earlier theme).
      Lynn 😀

  9. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I second your choice! My least favourite would have to be the top right one. It kind of looks like they just stuck a stock deer photo onto a cover. 😛

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This was one of my past Friday Face-Off choices too, and I think I went with the stag cover. I’m happy it was your second choice! Though I like your winner too 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, while this book looks a little on the dark side for me, I do love your cover choices: they are so atmospheric!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This is quite dark and brutal tbh, I do like Beukes though, she’s an excellent author. And these cover choices are great.
      Lynn 😀

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