My British face

I just received the UK cover for Dreaming Spies:


What do you think? Allison & Busby have done me some gorgeous covers over the years, take a look at them all, here.

Same date as the US edition, by the way, February 17.


  1. Debbie Taylor says:

    It would be fun to have a UK edition. Love the cover!

  2. Lynn Hirshman says:

    Absolutely gorgeous — captures the Japanese aspect beautifully.

  3. Beautiful! Take it.


  4. Merrily Taylor says:

    Beautiful, I love your British covers!

  5. Where is Mary? Have they forgotten she is the main character? Yes, the cover is beautiful, but it would be even nicer if Mary were there, too. Mary is why we read this series.

  6. Mary’s on the ship. Hanging over the back, ready to overbalance…. 😉

  7. Margaret Wood says:

    Yes, I like it. Hope the US cover is as great. A tiny silhouette of Mary and Holmes in one corner to clue in those who have been following but not so closely?

  8. Marvelous

  9. Wow. Gorgeous.


  10. Indeed an arty cover … but I wonder if it is the right ship depicted? The English cover of ‘God of the Hive’, which was the first MR novel I read, depicted a Handley Page HP.42 Heracles biplane airliner on the cover, which intrigued me, having a lifetime interest in aviation. Unfortunately, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the actual aircraft you actually accurately depicted in the story, which was set (if memory serves) in the mid-1920s. The HP.42 did not fly until 1930!
    OK – I’m an anorak (or Buff in American) but to me, accuracy does matter. I don’t know how much of your story is set on board the ship but I’m assuming you’ve done your homework for the text, so it would be a pity if you describe ship A and the artist depicts ship B!
    Something to ponder on.
    Mike aka TBFO

  11. But it does look as if it is the same ship that featured on Locked Rooms’ cover… the A& B cover, that is! So in that sense there is continuity.

  12. I realise I’m a bit late in commenting on the cover art, but I only got. my copy of the British edition today. I think the picture not only gorgeous, but very fitting as well as it was inspired by existing contemporary artwork connected with traveling to Japan. The German shipping company Norddeutscher Lloyd used the exact same picture in the 1910s and 1920s to advertise their cruises to Japan. Congratulations to the UK publishers for rediscovering it for this book!

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