Mystery book cover design

Everybody loves a good mystery.

And as a mystery novel author, we’re confident you already have that.

But everybody loves a good book cover, too. In fact, without a good cover, chances are your mystery novel will just collect dust on the shelf in the bookstore.

Join 20+ mystery authors – utilize our cover design services to get the perfect cover for your perfect mystery.

* 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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Prior mystery book 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
  • Custom Design
  • 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
  • Custom Design
  • Design of front cover only
  • E-book version only
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 7 days delivery

frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good mystery book cover design?

As the name suggests a good mystery book cover should be able to spark curiosity and suspense in the readers. To achieve that a blend of dark colors and dominant typography always helps. Your readers should be able to instantly connect to the mysterious world and get ready for a gripping story.

If your mystery novel contains elements of the traditional, Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, take a look at our detective novel book covers.

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

Yes! We always take into account all of your feedback. As an author you understand your mystery 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 mystery book cover?

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

How do I find a mystery book cover designer?

Finding the perfect artist for your mystery book cover is vital. Here are a few options to consider:


  • Freelance Marketplaces: Platforms like Upwork or Fiverr offer freelance designers, but their experience and quality can vary. It can be time-consuming to sort through profiles to find someone who specializes in mystery book covers.

  • Design Agencies: Design agencies offer a higher level of expertise but can also come with a higher price tag. They might not specialize in book cover design, and you may not get the personalized attention you desire.

  • Book Cover Design Services: Here at Book Cover Hub, we have designers experienced in crafting captivating mystery book covers. We understand the importance of creating a cover that:

    • Intrigues Readers: A well-designed mystery cover should spark curiosity and a sense of suspense, enticing readers to delve into your story.
    • Sets the Tone: Is your mystery a chilling thriller, a lighthearted cozy mystery, or something in between? The cover should visually represent the mood and genre of your book.
    • Highlights Key Elements: Consider using symbolic imagery or clues to pique the reader's interest without revealing the story's secrets.


Book Cover Hub can help! We offer a variety of design packages and consultations to fit your needs and budget.

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 6 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 Mystery Book Cover Design

A mystery book cover design focuses on creating a mysterious environment using elements from the story and prepare readers for a thrilling story.

Mystery books are not just stories of crimes and clues. They are stories of secrets, suspense, and solutions.

Mystery book covers are characterized by their dark image style and incorporation of mystery elements. We often see elements that help create a visual impact.

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 mystery 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 mystery book cover go from good to great!

Capturing a scene of tension is somewhat expected in mystery 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.

Common design elements of a Mystery book cover

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

Here is what we will discuss:

  1. Typography
  2. Colors
  3. Graphics
  • Typography

We have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to the typography for a mystery 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 mystery book, or a sans serif font for a modern or futuristic mystery book.

Conventionally, the titles of mystery 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 mystery 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.

  • Colors

Choosing colors for your mystery 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 mystery story, you should opt for a bright color palette. However, if the book is about a noir or dark mystery 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.

When designing a mystery book cover, it is essential to balance two things: enticing the reader and conveying the mood.

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

  • Images

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

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

Mystery book covers have various design styles, but the most common feature in the mysterious book covers is their dark and mysterious appearance compared to fiction and other genres. A good mystery 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 mystery 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 mystery genre.

What do you get in an Mystery book cover design package?

Mystery 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 mystery genre, since following those will make mystery book lovers instantly recognize your book as relevant to them.

Here at book cover hub we start from initial mystery book cover ideas (concept development) to a final product that perfectly captures your book’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?

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