Well, dear reader, I’ve recently been contacted by a long-time Brian Flynn enthusiast who has been collecting his work for much longer than I have. He has graciously sent me scans of some dust jackets and I thought I’d share them with you. I’ll update my cover gallery when I get the chance, but in the meantime, here are the new additions. In order:
The Billiard Room Mystery – UK edition
Never seen any of these before, but this one is very important. The original cover of Brian’s first book!
This is the third dustjacket image I’ve found for this title, which raises the question – did hardback second (or later editions) have different dustjackets? Why is there a third one – the second being the US dustjacket.
Murder En Route – UK edition
Dean St Press used the US cover for the recent reprint – it’s a little more sinister than this one, but I love the dead body on the top deck here.
The Triple Bite
We had to pinch a later cover for the recent reprint of this Holmesian homage – interesting given the detail on the previous cover (and The Billiard Room Mystery) that this has the wrong sort of bite on it.
The Padded Door
Interesting, this one. Seems to be presenting Bathurst as a generic private eye.
The Spiked Lion
The start of a brief phase of animal and paperwork clues…
The Sussex Cuckoo
Presumably that paperwork is part of the plot. Another eye-catching image, very similar in style to the previous one.
The Ebony Stag
What a marvellous cover – so distinctive. Absolutely love this one.
The Running Nun
No sign of the elusive nun, but I wonder – is that Inspector MacMorran on the cover?
Out Of The Dusk
The Shaking Spear
There’s a mild spoiler on the cover of this one. Not a massively important one, but a spoiler nonetheless.
The Dice Are Dark
So, hope you enjoyed those – I certainly did.