Friday Face-Off – Made for Each Other

This is my first time participating in the Friday Face-Off book tag started by Books By Proxy, with the most recent upcoming Friday Face-Off list at Lynn’s Books. This week’s theme is “Made for Each Other”, with the caveat to interpret that however you please. I chose to look at different covers of one of my favorite books, Crocodile on the Sandbank.

Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first in the Amelia Peabody mystery series by Elizabeth Peters. It is one of my favorite mystery series of all time. Amelia and Emerson, the two main characters, are definitely “Made for Each Other”, as well as the crocodile that eventually made its way onto the cover, to bask in the sun under the title that bears its name.

Crocodile on the Sandbank was first published in 1975. Its first cover had the look, I suppose, of a 1975 mystery.

The hardcover edition of 1975

At some point, the publishers must have caught onto the fact that there was also romance in the novel, hence the 1978 cover.

I hate how they did Emerson’s hair!

In 1999 they got a little creative, adding in some Egyptian-inspired artwork (I highly doubt it’s accurate).

I’m not sure at what point the crocodile actually came into being on the cover. One edition says 1988, but another says 2010, and they’re the same picture.

I’ve read this hardcover. I think it’s the first edition I picked up.

They continued the theme of the crocodile in their Kindle and audiobook endeavors, to various levels of success.

Then here are some of the more modern cover editions, both mass paperback. I happen to own both.

Looking at book covers and how they change over time, and the difference in design was a surprisingly fun exercise.

If you’re interested in the series itself, you can find out more about the first book, Crocodile in the Sandbank, here, at Goodreads, which also features the rest of the series and the various book covers.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the Friday Face-Off book tag, the list for the next theme is here.

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