Sultry Sunday #10 - The weekly "Pop Sensation" crossover

For those of you who like your cozies a little ... spicy, I offer you this cover. Enjoy.

(syndicated from "Pop Sensation")

Paperback 164: Dell D340
(1st ptg, 1960)

Title: The Boomerang Clue
Author: Agatha Christie
Cover artist: William Teason

Best things about this cover:

  • Well, there's something you don't normally associate with Agatha Christie: BONDAGE.
  • I love love love how her arms coupled with the back of the chair form a (very ironic) valentine! The red background only heightens the effect. Don't even get me started on how she kinda looks like a Catholic school girl who is at least mildly ashamed of the predicament she has gotten herself into... Or is that a look not of shame, or fear, but of coyness? Clearly, I have my own, private version of the story of how she came to be in that chair.
  • Most of my Teason covers (lots of late 50s/60s Dells) don't have people on them. Clearly he should have done more people. The hands alone are gorgeous.

Best things about this cover:

  • More broken windows!
  • Random rope - did she escape!?
  • I love how the copy on the back cover is typeset as if it were a poem

Page 123~

"To begin with," said Bobby, plunging [ed.: !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!], "I'm not really a chauffeur although I do work in a garage in London. And my name isn't Hawkins - it's Jones - Bobby Jones. I come from Marchbolt in Wales."

The story of a golfing legend gone deep, deep undercover.



Zoe Winters said...

If I didn't know who Agatha Cristie was, I'd think this was a kinky story. Wow, this was a branding no-no. hahaha.

xenobiologista said...

Clearly he should have done more people. The hands alone are gorgeous.

Hands are notoriously difficult to draw well.

the.effing.librarian said...

That's a great cover! Would you think I was weird if I said I want to get on my hands and knees and eat Fig Newtons from her bound hands? (yeah, that's a little weird)

high.on.markers said...

I bet that girl plays a mean round of field hockey.