Combing through some of our new arrivals today I was extra excited; did I somehow miss that a new Enola Holmes mystery came out? The cover art for The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline and Secrets of Greymoor is almost identical. Granted, they are both done by Peter Ferguson, one of my favorite illustrators (he’s done the Sister Grimm books, Gary Paulsen’s newest, Mudshark, The Anybodies, among others.) Ferguson does have a distinctive style and in most cases that might explain a striking similarity, but let’s look at these babies side-by-side:
Color palette, lighting, tone, typeface, home decor choices such as wall-paper and carpet, wary expression of the heroine, and even the hairstyles are too much alike to attribute to mere aesthetic choice.
What’s the deal?