For certain people, sometimes even a cover or a title can be enough temptation to read, or compulsion to avoid, a particular book...!
For example, images of animals, desserts, flowers, or anything that especially appeals to someone, on the covers, may tempt that person to get those books ...without knowing exactly to which extent these things are actually featured in the stories.
While some particularly attractive cover,
for example, something like one of these,
...or interesting titles like:
Glazed Murder, Fatally Frosted, Sinister Sprinkles, Evil Eclairs, Tragic Toppings, Killer Crullers, Drop Dead Chocolate...
...might tempt me to pick the book up and try to find more information about it, but with so many talented authors frequently providing wonderful books and the various responsibilities of life making reading time limited ...an appealing cover or title alone cannot entice me to read the book...!
Especially, in case of Cozy Mysteries, I try to do some research before getting involved in a certain series.
Moreover, an unappealing cover or title won't prevent me from starting a series if I think that I will enjoy it ...and once involved, nor will it stop me from reading the next book in that series...!
In any case, there are other factors, like, writing, humour, mystery plot, story, characters, romance, setting, ambience, and potential reading enjoyment etc that play a far more important role in helping me decide whether to read or avoid a certain book.
For example, the titles that I mentioned above are from a series whose books I still haven't read, mainly because, even though the titles appeal very much to me, and the books are in my TBR list, but according to my research so far, this series is somewhat lacking in few of the other factors that are much more essential for me than a cover or a title...!
My experience has also taught me that book covers are not always accurate representatives of the stories or the characters.
For example, by looking at the following cover,
the viewer gets an impression that the protagonist would be tall and thin, even though, anyone who has read the books in this series knows that she is, in fact, short and buxom.
Here I should mention, that such inconsistencies do not prevent me from reading the books ...or enjoying them...!
However, they do emphasize the point that it's better not to trust a cover while making a reading decision.
Still, it gives me pleasure to look at wonderful covers, especially those that contain shades of blues and greens ...or those that feature: natural sceneries, picturesque houses, books, snacks or desserts, ...similar to the ones I added above...! :-)
Moreover, I delight in the creative titles with clever wordplay ...and there are many Cozy Mystery Series, whose interesting titles enhance my reading enjoyment...!
1) "Jane Jeffry Mystery Series" by Jill Churchill
Some titles: Grime and Punishment, A Farewell to Yarns, A Quiche Before Dying, The Class Menagerie, A Knife to Remember, War and Peas, A Midsummer Night's Scream...
2) "Flower Shop Mystery Series" by Kate Collins
Some titles: Mum's the Word, Slay It With Flowers, Dearly Depotted, Snipped in the Bud, Acts of Violets, To Catch a Leaf, Seed No Evil, A Root Awakening...
3) "Domestic Bliss Mystery Series" by Leslie Caine
Some titles: Death by Inferior Design, False Premises, Manor of Death, Killed By Clutter, Poisoned by Gilt...
4) "White House Chef Mystery Series" by Julie Hyzy
Some titles: State of the Onion, Hail to the Chef, Eggsecutive Orders, Buffalo West Wing, Affairs of Steak, Fonduing Fathers...
5) "Book Collector Mystery Series" by Victoria Abbott (I haven't started this series yet, but it is in my TBR list)
Some titles: The Christie Curse, The Sayers Swindle, The Wolfe Widow, The Marsh Madness...
6) "Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery Series" by Mary Daheim (I haven't started this series yet, but it is in my TBR list)
Some titles: Just Desserts, Fowl Prey, Holy Terrors, Dune to Death, The Wurst Is Yet to Come, Here Comes the Bribe...
7) "Den Of Antiquity Mystery Series" by Tamar Myers (It's been a while since I read a book in this series so I forgot to mention it before, ...but one of the comments on this post has reminded me, so I am adding the titles)
Some titles: Larceny and Old Lace, Gilt By Association, So Faux, So Good, A Penny Urned, Nightmare in Shining Armor, Tiles and Tribulations, Poison Ivory, The Glass is Always Greener...
8) "Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series", by Tamar Myers (I haven't started this series yet, but it is in my TBR ...and again, a comment on this post reminded me about it, so I am adding the titles)
Some titles: To Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk, Just Plain Pickled to Death, Between a Wok and a Hard Place, Eat, Drink, and Be Wary, The Hand That Rocks the Ladle, The Crepes of Wrath, Gruel and Unusual Punishment, Hell Hath No Curry...
Few more Mystery books whose titles intrigued me:
1) A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
2) Why Shoot A Butler? by Georgette Heyer
3) Death On Demand by Carolyn G. Hart
Here I would like to add, that while I usually find the titles with desert themes particularly appealing, but the titles in "Hannah Swensen Mystery Series" by Joanne Fluke, fail to intrigue me ...because I feel they are somewhat lacking in creativity ...as only the word 'murder' is added in front of the desserts' name:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Strawberry Shortcake Murder, Blueberry Muffin Murder, Lemon Meringue Pie Murder...
Whereas the titles in the "Donut Shop Mystery Series" by Jessica Beck:
Glazed Murder, Fatally Frosted, Sinister Sprinkles, Evil Eclairs...
...as well as the titles in the "Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series" by Jenn McKinlay:
Sprinkle with Murder, Buttercream Bump Off, Death by the Dozen, Red Velvet Revenge...
...not only reflect the dessert theme of the stories, but it's also obvious that some imagination is used while creating them ...and this is what I especially appreciate about Cozy Mystery titles...! :-)
Now, coming back to covers, I would like to conclude by admitting that violent and indecent images on covers can make me hesitate to read the books and that there was one time when I almost didn't buy a book,
though eventually did so as I was sure that the reading experience would be enjoyable, ...because the book spine contained an image of an insect...!
What are your favourite colours and images on 'book covers'?