Friday Face-Off: Hat

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself ”
~ a cover featuring a HAT

Mogsy’s Pick:
A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

A good hat was crucial to a respectable lady’s ensemble in Victorian times, as I’m sure Evelina Cooper would tell you if could. Our protagonist in A Study in Silks is also the niece of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, plucked from a childhood of growing up with a traveling circus to be dropped into a world of lords and ladies, and now she must learn to live a life caught between two worlds. But Evelina’s famous uncle’s work has clearly rubbed off on her too, given how eagerly she aspires to follow in his footsteps. When a young servant girl is killed at the home of her best friend, Evelina does what she can for the investigation, going as far as to use her gift of the Blood, which allows her to communicate with minor spirits and recruit them to her aid.

But let us now focus on her hats, shall we? Let’s take a look at the covers…

From left to right, top to bottom: Del Rey (2013) – Piatkus (2014) – French (2015)



The French version is easily my favorite. Now that is one elegant hat! Also, this 2D image doesn’t do the actual cover enough justice. The decorative gears and flowers around the side of the book, as well as the lettering, are in fact gold foil, and just to give you an idea of how beautiful this is, I found this photo of the actual Bragelonne edition on the net.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

16 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Hat”

  1. Pingback: The Friday Face-Off: If They Are Wearing An Ugly Hat – Books by Proxy

  2. I’m torn between the first and the third! The French cover definitely has the edge on detail, typeface and composition…. but on hats?! I think I have to go with the first! 😀


  3. The French one is definitely outstanding. Love it! No comparison- although the Piatkus cover is nice too (even if there’s no actual hat in it).

    Fun topic!


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