Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.
This week's topic is:
Space Murder Mystery
Space murder mysteries are probably some of my favorite books to read, so I thought this was a particularly fun topic. Oddly, I found that there weren't nearly as many straight space murder mysteries in my 'read' library as I thought. The first one I thought of, though, was One Way by S.J. Morden, which I loved and is absolutely perfect for this topic. It's a locked room murder mystery style story about eight astronauts living on Mars where–you guessed it–people start ending up dead. As far as I know, this series has finished out at only two books, which is a huge bummer to me, but I really enjoyed both of those two books and would absolutely welcome another one. This series doesn't have very many cover variations, so I shared the covers available for both book #1, One Way, and book #2, No Way. Let's check them out!
One Way (Frank Kittridge #1)
No Way (Frank Kittridge #2)
I love all of the reds and warm tones in these covers, which fits perfectly for the Mars setting of this series. I love the classic feel of the original One Way cover, but something about the eeriness and sheer emptiness/loneliness of the original cover for No Way really grabs me as well. These are all great covers, and I wish there were more to compare! I also wish there would be another book in this series, but alas...
What cover(s) do you like the most?