Title: The Bowstring Murders
Author: Carter Dickson
Cover artist: Robert Maguire
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"Oh, crossbow, I'm sorry. I love you but ... it can never work out between us..."Best things about this cover:
- Man is it red.
- Her hair is the color of pink lemonade.
- "Do you like my outfit? I call it 'The Reverse Bumblebee!'" (My other bumblebee joke involved her being a referee at a bumblebee football game)
- Her left ankle is absurdly, grotesquely thick.
- Are those ... pants? Tights? Jodhpurs?
- As with all Robert Maguire women, this one has exquisite, detailed, realistic, emotionally evocative facial features. Why she's writhing around in Mao's basement dressed like a bee, I'll never know.
- Carter Dickson is a terrible name, in that Dickson Carter really makes far more sense. Much more believable as a name, I think.
Best things about this back cover:
- Gauntlets cannot be efficient handwear for strangling.
- "... the great criminologist John Gaunt" - laziest naming ever. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, was a prominent nobleman in 14th-century England - the uncle of Richard II.
- This book description reeks of Englishness. It's clear that the Maguire cover is a total fake-out; I'm quite sure this book contains no mod, crossbow-loving bumble-ladies. Quite sure.
"Lady Rayle has been murdered," said John Gaunt, rising from the breakfast table.