I love books, I love stories,
I love beautiful books and beautiful stories.
It was a couple years ago, when we were camping on a farm near Warwick (lovely spot) and in a rare moment of what could only be described as insanity, I'd forgotten to pack a novel to read, so I picked up this book in a local charity shop on the first day.
I’d seen the Hamish Macbeth TV series, but never read the books (I know, that’s almost a sacrilege), I thought the art work on the cover was simply beautiful, so said to myself, if the book’s crap, at least the cover will make it worth keeping on my book shelf ~ am I the only one who thinks like this?
Anyhow, a couple of days into our camping trip and I badly twisted my ankle and found myself only able to sit ~ hopping lost it’s appeal quickly. So, ankle elevated, I began reading MC Beaton’s offering. Well, all I can say is the TV series, which I quite liked, is not a patch on the books. Having sought out and read a few of the Macbeth series now, they are, I'll admit, written to a bit of a formula in the mystery plot department (close circle of suspects, a phone call usually holds the key to solving the murder etc), which is obviously a nod to Agatha Christie, and works for Beaton too, this aside, I do looove the main character, Hamish Macbeth, which is why I keep reading (the importance of character right there.) and the setting, oh the setting is idyllic, to say the least ~ I wanna go to Scotland, heck I wanna live in Lochdubh; although the crime rate is a concern (in Lochbubh, not Scotland, I hasten to add).
I have several of these Macbeth series now, (I'm on a quest to get all of them) and I’m a bit fussy about the covers. Don’t get me wrong I like the photographic versions, nothing wrong with them, but the Francis Farmar paintings are beautiful in comparison ~ don’t you think? I love looking at them so much I always have one of the books on display, so I can appreciate the art work.
The Penguin cloth bounds are becoming another bunch of beautiful books worth accumulating ~ have you seen them? I have a lot of the titles (in other versions) already, so I don’t need them, but the cloth bounds, you must agree, are beautiful too. Do you have any books with simply beautiful covers? Have you bought a book just because of the cover?