Friday, April 23, 2010

One Book - One Cover - Two Titles II

Well these two are almost the same cover. The one on the left is the UK edition which came out in May 2009. The one on the right is the US edition due out in July 2010.

A Time of Mourning/The Drowning River by Christobel Kent is the first of the series, set in Florence and featuring PI Sandro Cellini.

US Blurb:
Meet Sandro Cellini, Florence’s answer to Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti.

One wet November in Florence, the grieving widow of an eminent Jewish architect comes to visit Sandro Cellini, good husband, disgraced ex-policeman, and recently turned PI, to ask him to investigate her husband’s suicide. Cellini takes her on out of sympathy, although this first case makes a downbeat start to his new career. There seems no doubt that Claudio Gentileschi, a Holocaust survivor and lifelong depressive found drowned on a bleak stretch of the River Arno, did take his own life, and initially Cellini imagines that his only duty is to support the widow through her time of mourning.

But as Cellini doggedly retraces the architect’s last hours through the worst rains since the devastating floods of 1966, a young Englishwoman is found to have gone missing from the city’s community of hard-drinking, high-living art students, and Sandro’s search turns abruptly into something grimmer and more urgent than he could have imagined, as he uncovers a network of greed and corruption that is hidden under a veneer of tradition and refinement.

The Drowning River is a spot-on, atmospheric new mystery, the first in a series featuring Cellini.
Laura Wilson's first Stratton book received a similar treatment.


Margot Kinberg said...

Karen - Thanks for this review - and those covers : ). It looks to be a very good book, too. Yet annother addition to my far-too-long TBR...

Kerrie said...

This also happened with Michael Robotham's LOST and THE DROWNING MAN, and with Reginald Hill's A CURE FOR ALL DISEASES/ THE PRICE OF BUTCHER'S MEAT

kathy d. said...

What is this with two covers? Do publishers really think that readers in he UK and US have different reactions to certain titles? And if so, how do they figure that?

They must study and research how many people purchase each title and think that is related to the title, rather than the story, plot, characters, genre.