I wanted the characters to be the focus for this cover. The sense of mystery comes from the shadowy figure in the doorway – reinforcing the story for the audience. I used a bouncy hand-drawn typeface for the title and some of the blurb. I love character design, so definitely wanted to play around with the two main characters for the front cover. My favourite books growing up were Malory Towers – I took some inspiration from the redesign of these covers by Pippa Curnick, and some general ideas from other children’s detective novels such as Ottoline by Chris Riddell.