Without a good cover, chances are that most readers will never bother to read the blurb unless it's an author they know and love already.
So I'm very, very interested in what draws in a reader. I've got a historical mystery coming out in the next couple of months, so I'm particularly interested in covers at the moment.
What do you think of this cover?
It's for a historical mystery set in 1815 and features a spiritualist accused of murder.
In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a seance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud. The seance ends abruptly, however, and during the turmoil, Lord Crowley dies. Gaunt is left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Suspicion turns first to the spiritualist, Miss Prudence Barnard, but as Gaunt digs deeper into the twisted history of the guests at Rosecrest, he discovers more deadly secrets. Inevitably, long-time friends turn against one another as the tension mounts and Gaunt is challenged time and time again to separate fact from fiction.
What do you think of the cover?
What kinds of covers attract you? I'd love to read your comments and suggestions, so be sure to let me know!