Murder at the Mikado
Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
Jeff Miller | Faceout Studio
Illustrator: John Mattos, Illustrator
Murder at the Mikado is an extension of a fairly tight series and established look, so this was kept in mind when designing this cover. This series deals with murder, mystery, and takes part in the early 1930s. The scene of the crime is built up on the cover in classic Art Deco styling with leading characters and setting displayed in a unique and eye-catching way. — Jeff Miller
There have no doubt been many art deco murder mystery book covers, but the care and craft here makes all the difference. The typography is elegant and historically appropriate, and the composition is nuanced. I particularly love the interplay between the flat pictorial space carved out by the searchlights and the real sense of depth the details in the background country house provide.