Detective novel cover design service

Readers of detective novels are dedicated to the genre.

So as the author of a detective novel, you want your book cover to clearly show that your book is what the reader is looking for.

Having designed several detective novel covers over the past 6 years, we have the experience and understanding of the genre to design the perfect cover for your detective book.

Check our portfolio to get an idea of our skills – and then consider scheduling a free consultation.

* According to this source, 81.6% of readers gain interest in a book due to the cover, and 79.0% make a buying decision based solely on the visual appearance of the cover.

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Detective novel cover designs

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Easy 5 step Process

See how we design the perfect cover for your book together – in 5 easy steps.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

2 Affordable PACKAGES

Choose between full book cover design and e-book only.


Everything you need for a full book cover
$ 199 One time fee
  • 100% human - 0% AI
  • Design of front cover, back cover and spine
  • Hardback, paperback, audio book cover and e-book versions
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 14 days delivery


Everything you need for an e-book
$ 99 One time fee
  • 100% human - 0% AI
  • Design of front cover only
  • E-book version only
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 7 days delivery

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Detective book cover design?

As the name suggests a good detective book cover should be able to spark curiosity and create an environment of action and thrill. To achieve that you can choose to display an action scene with your main character in view. Your readers should be able to get a sneak peak at the story without spoiling too much through your detective book cover.

Can I provide specific details about the detective story for the cover design?

Yes! We always take into account all of your feedback. As an author you understand your detective  book best and our job is to understand your story and tell it to your readers through our book cover design.

What role does color play in a detective book cover?

Colors are crucial while designing a detective book cover. The goal is to achieve an environment that conveys action and thrill and prepares readers mentally to dive into a story that can keep them hooked for a long time.

Free Video Consultation

Schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation to ask any questions you might have, and tell us about your visions for your book cover.

Founder and Lead designer of Book Cover Hub. Syed Abdullah Bukhari

Abdullah Bukhari

Founder and lead designer

With more than 6,000 book covers designed over the past 8 years, I have extensive experience working with authors to craft their perfect cover design.

Maybe you know exactly what you want on your cover. Maybe you only have a few vague ideas. In either case, we work together in order to create a visual concept that makes your book stand out from other titles.

Schedule your free consultation now - I'm looking forward to hearing about your book!

What is a Detective novel Cover Design

A detective novel cover is a visual representation of a story primarily focused around mystery and detectives. To create an atmosphere of mystery different graphic elements are combined with dark colors and bold typography.

Detective books are not just stories of crimes and clues. They are stories of mysteries, suspense, and logic.

Detective book covers can be easily identified by their specific elements. Generally, they have dark images, sharp fonts, and intriguing titles.

The goal is to entice the reader and convey the genre of the book.

Common design elements of a Detective novel cover

Let’s understand the genre practices of Detective novel covers by analyzing each part.

They contain people, weapons, clues, and shadows. Grunge and noise also play an essential role in creating a sense of texture and depth.

Another common sight in detective book cover design is symbolic objects. You can use different objects from your book or your theme to give added meaning to your cover.

The play between focus and blur is often featured and, if done correctly, this can certainly make a detective book cover go from good to great!

Capturing a scene of tension is somewhat expected in detective book cover design. You can achieve that by showing a gun, a knife, or a blood. A tension-based book cover always creates a sense of thrill and curiosity in readers.

Here is what we will discuss:
1. Typography
2. Colors
3. Graphics


We have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to the typography for a detective book cover.

We can opt for fonts that match the sub-genre and the mood of the book. E.g., a serif font for a classic or historical detective book, or a sans serif font for a modern or futuristic detective book.

Conventionally, the titles of detective book covers are sharp and intriguing. Serif and slab serif fonts are often preferred over other font types.

The tricky part is choosing a font that matches the image and the audience.

For instance, if you are designing the cover of a book about a spy or a thriller, and you use a fancy or ornate font like Script or Blackletter, it simply won’t match the image or the audience.

If you are confused about what works best, a good thing to try is to find books in similar sub-genres of detective and use a font that matches that design style.

No matter the font chosen, your title should clearly stand out from the rest of the design. In order to make the title stand out, you can use contrasting colors, outlines, and/or drop shadows. A solid or gradient background behind the title can enhance its readability.

The primary purpose of the subtitle is to give you more information about the book. By choosing a simpler font, you can increase its legibility. For the author’s name, best practice is using the same font as the title or the subtitle: Choosing a third font is usually not a good idea.

You can add a solid or gradient background behind your subtitle to improve readability. You typically want to choose a smaller size and a simpler font for the subtitle, while making sure it’s easy to read.


Choosing colors for your detective book cover design will always depend on your image and your style.

Consider the sub-genre, the theme, the mood, and the audience before deciding your color palette.

If the book is about a cozy or humorous detective story, you should opt for a bright color palette. However, if the book is about a noir or dark detective story, dark colors are the way to go – you get the idea.

The trick is not as much choosing the right color, but rather the right color tone.

A single color on its own doesn’t have much appeal. However, when colors are combined, they have a huge impact:

Dark and muted colors are suitable to represent mystery, suspense, or drama.

Bright and saturated colors help to convey humor, action, or romance.

Saturated and vivid colors can add a sense of impact and attention, while desaturated and dull colors often add a touch of subtlety and sophistication to the design.


Understanding how to use the correct image style is the most crucial part of any detective book cover design.

If your book is about a realistic or factual detective story, choose images with high-quality and authentic details; for a more imaginative or fictional detective story, look more towards images with abstract details.

Your book also plays a crucial part in selecting the right image style: Always make sure your chosen image is relevant, appealing, and meaningful.

Detective book covers have various design styles, but the most common feature is their dark and mysterious appearance compared to fiction and other genres. A good detective book cover should highlight the image and the genre of the book.

When selecting images, take your audience into consideration. For instance, the US market for detective book covers conventionally rewards having a close-up shot of the main character or the object on the front of the book, while readers in the UK tend to prefer wider shots with more background and context on their book covers in the detective genre.

What do you get in a Detective novel cover design package?

Detective book covers can never be designed by a one-size-fits-all approach as every book is unique and has many variables.

You should always try to bring your fresh perspective and ideas to your design to make your book stand out – while following the conventions set by the detective genre, since following those will make detective book lovers instantly recognize your book as relevant to them.

By combining the right fonts, correct colors, image style, and the feedback from your readers, you can have a timeless detective book cover design ready to be enjoyed by future generations!

Here at Book cover hub we start from initial ideas (concept development) to a final product that perfectly captures your novel’s essence. Through exploration of color, form, and typography, the designer will craft a cover that evokes the mood and emotion of your story. With unlimited free revisions and 100% Money-Back guarantee all files are delivered in high-quality ready for printing. Checkout our packages section for more details.

Why Choose Book Cover Hub?

Creating a cover for your mystery or detective novel can be daunting. Fear not, we have covered you with some essential elements to make your cover stand out. Intrigued? Get in touch with us today for a consultation and prepare to give your book the cover it deserves with Book Cover Hub!

Detective and mystery novels captivate readers with suspenseful storylines and thrilling plot twists. A good book cover design is essential in attracting potential readers and conveying the story’s tone. A well-crafted detective and mystery book cover should entice readers with its visual appeal and hint at the story’s themes and motifs. Every element of the cover design, from typography to imagery, is crucial in making a book stand out in a crowded market.

You should work with BCH simply because it’s a smart choice! With our vast experience of over 6,000 novel covers, skills, solid team, and stellar portfolio, you get to enjoy quick delivery, unlimited free revisions and a solid customer support.