Mystery Book Covers: Clare Owen for Harlequin

Clare Owen has now created three gorgeous covers with art director Sean Kapitain at Harlequin.  The front cover for Hunting Sweetie Rose and Honestly Dearest, You're Dead are featured below.  Stay tuned to see the third in the series--to be released in March 2015.  Clare's illustrations are so inviting but be careful, with these mystery covers, the devil is in the details.

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I just love the details like the wind blowing the curtain and the steam rising on the coffee. They seem to bring the story to life.
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Doug Martin for Harlequin: Scary Stuff

  Doug Martin continues in his rather surreal painting style for the Cozy Mystery series for Harlequin, working with Sean Kapitain, art director.  Scary Stuff by Sharon Fiffer is a story that takes place on Halloween night, when antiques picker Jane Wheel discovers an estate worth killing for that involves unraveling family secrets and revealing evil ghosts eager to banish her to the afterlife.  Doug's meticulous attention to detail includes some eerie elements that add to the tension of the cover image:  the twisted stems on the jack o lanterns, the scary face suggested in fence post, the distressed clapboard on the old mansion and the foreboding silhouette of the raven.

 

I think we've all encountered the 'haunted' mansion in the hood and accepted the dare to ring their doorbell... where will you be tonight on this Hallowed eve?