Friday, July 9, 2010

The Book Cover Mystery

How good is your memory and your sleuthing abilities? To celebrate our 3rd blogiversary, we decided to organize a little game to all historical fiction fans, especially those who have a thing for book covers - The Book Cover Mystery.

The rules are simple: we post 10 parts of several historical fiction covers and you have to discover which book it is and send us the of the title and the author. To make things a little easier, we also give some clues. After finding out all the covers, you can send your answers to our email:


The winner will be randomly selected among those who gave the all right answers.
  • Contest is open Worldwide
  • Do not post your answers in the comments, to give everyone a fair chance we decided to have the answers emailed to us. Or else the first readers to comment will be at a disadvantage.
  • The contest ends the 15 July at midnight GMT and the name of the winner will be announced the 16 July.


Our winner can choose three books from the list below.

  1. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon
  2. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  3. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  4. The Last Wife of Henri VIII by Carolly Erickson
  5. The Kommandant's Girl by Pam JenoffThe Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff
  6. The Conjuror's Bird by Martin Davies
  7. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
  8. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  9. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn 
  10. The Poison Garden by Karen Harper
  11. Death of a Musketeer by Sarah d'Almeida
  12. A Lady Raised High by Laurien Gardner
  13. My Theodosia by Anya Seton
  14. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  15. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  16. Sprig Muslim by Georgette Heyer
Note: these are not new books but they all are in good condition (some are like new).

Are you ready?

1 - Recently published book set in the Post-Revolutionary Paris.

2 - A slave girl who becomes a singer and mistress to an emperor (this is the UK edition).

3 - Running away from home leads a young girl to join Florence Nightingale nurses in the Crimean War.

4 - First book of a series where the main character is a well known queen of France rumored to be well versed in the art of poisons.

5 - When you read her book it is like dancing through the pages. The author is usually called the inventor of the genre she wrote.

6 - A young spirited girl who becomes a maker of carpets in an exotic land.

7 - A beautiful story about a series of six rather famous tapestries.

8 - The final installment of a trilogy where some rebellious princes fight against their own famous father.

9 - The first book of a long series about a beautiful French Marquise.

10 - The forests of the New World are the home of one of our favourite heroes.

Good luck!

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  1. That is a huge challenge. Great idea though and fun.

  2. Awesome idea! I'm dropping in to let you know I've posted about this at Win a Book. Happy blogiversary!

  3. I'm currently working on this and think I have figured out 1-9, but 10 is killing me! I will figure this out!

  4. Brillinat idea for the contest!
    I have a few answers but have to concentrate for some others. I'll be back :)

  5. I've found all but the 5th cover. I can't give up now!

  6. Congratularions on your Blogiversary!
    I am loving solving this cover mistery.

  7. Thanks for the reminder. I had lots of fun hunting down the answers earlier in the week and then almost forgot to send them in.

    Happy Blogiversary!