Mystery Books

The best mystery books are the ones that keep you guessing until the very end. These suspenseful stories will keep all age groups turning the page, on the hunt for the next clue. From classic kid detectives like Encyclopedia Brown to modern-day murder mysteries for teens, there's something for everyone here. So pick up one of these exciting thrillers and follow the clues until you find your inner detective. And if you're looking for more mysteries to solve, you'll love these Girl Heroes and Detectives.

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A to Z Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
Good-hearted kids solve mysteries in fun, short chapters.
By Ron Roy
(2015)
(1997)
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Cam Jansen Series Book Poster Image
Fifth-grader with photographic memory solves fun mysteries.
By David A. Adler
(2016)
(2004)
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The Bailey School Kids Series Book Poster Image
Four adventurous friends solve mysteries in engaging tales.
By Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
(2016)
(1991)
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Basil of Baker Street: The Great Mouse Detective, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic, cute series about Sherlock-like mouse sleuth.
By Eve Titus
(2016)
(2016)
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The Composer Is Dead Book Poster Image
Murder and mystery create a unique intro to the orchestra.
By Lemony Snicket
(2009)
(2009)
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Encyclopedia Brown Series Book Poster Image
Boy solves crimes that stump adults in fun, funny mysteries.
By Donald J. Sobol
(2015)
(2007)
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The Legend of Diamond Lil Book Poster Image
Funny, clever dog-next-door mystery good for early readers.
By Doreen Cronin
(2012)
(2012)
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Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth Book Poster Image
Chapter book mystery promises more fun for Fancy Nancy fans.
By Jane O'Connor
(2012)
(2012)
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Precious Ramotswe Series Book Poster Image
Kind, brave 9-year-old solves fun mysteries in Botswana.
By Alexander McCall Smith
(2016)
(2012)
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At the Bottom of the World: Jack and the Geniuses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Bill Nye's passion, humor shine in science-rich mystery.
By Bill Nye, Gregory Mone
(2017)
(2017)
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Book Poster Image
Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2013)
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Evangeline of the Bayou Book Poster Image
Exciting thrills and chills in mysterious supernatural tale.
By Jan Eldredge
(2018)
(2018)
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The Friendship Code: Girls Who Code, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girls learn coding, solve problems in fun, easy mystery.
By Stacia Deutsch
(2017)
(2017)
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The Goldfish Boy Book Poster Image
Intriguing mystery inspires empathy for OCD sufferers.
By Lisa Thompson
(2017)
(2017)
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Home Sweet Motel: Welcome to Wonderland, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Lively mystery kicks off fun series about kitschy motel.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2016)
(2016)
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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things Book Poster Image
Intriguing tale of boy as detective after parents vanish.
By Cynthia Voigt
(2013)
(2013)
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The Parker Inheritance Book Poster Image
Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery.
By Varian Johnson
(2018)
(2018)
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The 39 Clues Series Book Poster Image
Exciting mystery, heavily merchandised.
By Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis
(2008)
(2008)
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Book Scavenger Book Poster Image
Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.
By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
(2015)
(2015)
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The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse Book Poster Image
Kids aim to foil villain's plans in quirky retro romp.
By Nicholas Gannon
(2017)
(2017)
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The Egypt Game Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(2007)
(1985)
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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.
By Ridley Pearson
(2016)
(2016)
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The London Eye Mystery Book Poster Image
Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
(2008)
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The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck Book Poster Image
Funny, intriguing mystery of school's hidden treasure.
By Emily Fairlie
(2012)
(2012)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
(2007)
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The Secret Keepers Book Poster Image
Slow-building, clever mystery with invisibility and traps.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2016)
(2016)
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The Shadow Cipher: York, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Puzzles, codes, laughs in exciting alt-New York mystery.
By Laura Ruby
(2017)
(2017)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
(2012)
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Winterhouse Book Poster Image
Perfectly set bookish mystery with some spooky stuff.
By Ben Guterson
(2018)
(2018)
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The Blackthorn Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Puzzles, explosions in thrilling 1600s mystery adventure.
By Kevin Sands
(2015)
(2015)
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Greenglass House Book Poster Image
Delightful, engaging mystery with a twist.
By Kate Milford
(2014)
(2014)
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Hold Fast Book Poster Image
Touching story of resourceful girl solving a family mystery.
By Blue Balliett
(2013)
(2013)
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The Hound of the Baskervilles Book Poster Image
Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(2011)
(2011)
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Into the Lion's Den: The Devlin Quick Mysteries, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Modern-day Nancy Drew solves brainy map-theft mystery.
By Linda Fairstein
(2016)
(2016)
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Knightley & Son Book Poster Image
Clever, quirky kickoff to father-son detective series.
By Rohan Gavin
(2014)
(2014)
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Murder Is Bad Manners Book Poster Image
Clever writing, characters shine in boarding-school mystery.
By Robin Stevens
(2015)
(2015)
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Three Times Lucky Book Poster Image
Funny mystery with spunky girl touches on serious themes.
By Sheila Turnage
(2012)
(2012)
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Zora and Me Book Poster Image
Tense murder mystery stars a young Zora Neale Hurston.
By Victoria Bond, T. R. Simon
(2017)
(2010)
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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Book Poster Image
Dark but fun 1890 murder mystery has feminist message.
By Julie Berry
(2014)
(2014)
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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Book Poster Image
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2010)
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City of Orphans Book Poster Image
Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
By Avi
(2011)
(2011)
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The Girl I Used to Be Book Poster Image
Teen hunts for her parents' killer in page-turning mystery.
By April Henry
(2016)
(2016)
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The Lie Tree Book Poster Image
Exciting, twisty mystery stars clever Victorian teen sleuth.
By Frances Hardinge
(2016)
(2016)
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The Pearl Thief Book Poster Image
Queenie's origin tale in less dark Code Name Verity prequel.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2017)
(2017)
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She Is Not Invisible Book Poster Image
Smart mystery about blind girl searching for missing dad.
By Marcus Sedgwick
(2014)
(2014)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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A Fierce and Subtle Poison Book Poster Image
Teens will enjoy mix of magical realism and mystery.
By Samantha Mabry
(2016)
(2016)
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Jane, Unlimited Book Poster Image
Five offbeat, inventive stories in one wild mansion.
By Kristin Cashore
(2017)
(2017)
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The Leaving Book Poster Image
Fast-paced thriller seeks to solve mystery of missing teen.
By Tara Altebrando
(2016)
(2016)
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Prisoner of Night and Fog Book Poster Image
Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
By Anne Blankman
(2014)
(2014)
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Shelter Book Poster Image
Fast-paced YA thriller from "suburban noir" pro.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)
(2011)
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As Red as Blood Book Poster Image
Top-notch Finnish murder mystery has great female heroine.
By Salla Simukka
(2014)
(2014)
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Before I Let Go Book Poster Image
Teen investigates friend's death in spine-tingling mystery.
By Marieke Nijkamp
(2018)
(2018)
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Broken Things Book Poster Image
Page-turning murder mystery focuses on friendship, fandom.
By Lauren Oliver
(2018)
(2018)
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Confessions of a Murder Suspect Book Poster Image
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
(2012)
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People Like Us Book Poster Image
Surprise twists and turns in sharp boarding-school thriller.
By Dana Mele
(2018)
(2018)
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Truly Devious: A Mystery Book Poster Image
Clever murder mystery at truly hip, mature boarding school.
By Maureen Johnson
(2018)
(2018)
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Whisper to Me Book Poster Image
Riveting mystery surrounds teen who hears voice in her head.
By Nick Lake
(2016)
(2016)
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