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Children's Mystery Recommendations

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Looking for something a bit mysterious as we move towards Halloween? Searching for a book to curl up in bed with on a cold fall night? From scary to suspenseful and everything in between, the Fox River Valley Public Libraries have a whole host of mysteries that are sure to keep you guessing!

 

Classics

The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin

Cover of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Cover of The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar, until they are found by their grandfather.

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
by Donald J. Sobol

Cover of Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.

The Secret of the Old Clock
by Carolyn Keene

Cover of The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventurous search for a missing will.

Historical

Murder Is Bad Manners
by Robin Stevens

Cover of Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells have started their own detective agency, but struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate. Luckily for them (but unluckily for the victim), they hit pay-dirt when Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.

Twelve Minutes to Midnight
by Christopher Edge

Cover of Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

Thirteen-year-old Penelope Tredwell, the secret author of macabre tales in "The Penny Dreadful", Victorian London's bestselling magazine, investigates the mystery of a strange phenomenon occurring in the local insane asylum.

The Case of the Missing Marquess
by Nancy Springer

Cover of The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her mother without letting either of her older brothers know that she has gone missing.

The Detective's Assistant
by Kate Hannigan

Cover of The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan

In 1859, Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, where she helps her aunt solve cases, including one involving Abraham Lincoln, and tries to unravel the mystery of her own father's disappearance.

Nooks and Crannies
by Jessica Lawson

Cover of Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson

Tabitha Crum, a neglected only child, doesn't have a friend in the world. But on the day she receives one of six invitations to the country estate of wealthy Countess Camilla DeMoss, her life changes forever. Upon the children's arrival at the possibly haunted mansion, it turns out the countess has a very big secret. Then the children begin disappearing, one by one.

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?
by Eleanor Updale

Cover of Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale

In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, Montmorency, a thief, utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself. 

Magical

A Pocket Full of Murder
by R. J. Anderson

Cover of A Pocket Full of Murder by R. J. Anderson

In Tarreton, where the rich have all the magic they wish and the poor can barely afford a spell to heat their homes, twelve-year-old Isaveth's father is accused of murdering an influential citizen and Isaveth, aided by eccentric street-boy Quiz, tries to solve the magical murder mystery before her father is executed.

The Lost Boy
by Greg Ruth

Cover of The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

After Nate moves into his new house, he discovers an old tape recorder in his bedroom and is suddenly thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many years ago. Now, as strange creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local sleuth, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out and a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town.

Chicagoland Detective Agency
by Trina Robbins

Cover of Chicagoland Detective Agency by Trina Robbins

Raf Hernandez knows Megan is odd from the moment she walks into his mom's pet supply store asking for a tarantula. That's weird, but in Chicagoland, weird things happen several times a day. Megan Yamamura has a good eye for clues and knows when things are weirder than normal. When Megan's investigations get her in too deep, Raf may be the only person who can help―and they both might need some help from an unusually talkative dog named Bradley. We did say that Chicagoland is weird...

Moving Target
by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Cover of Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Twelve-year-old Cassie Arroyo is a student in Rome, but her life changes when a secret organization, the Hastati, shoots her father and she learns that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny, a legendary object that can alter the future.

Contemporary

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Thirteen-year-old Sammy Keyes' penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.

Andi Unexpected
by Amanda Flower

Cover of Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower

Twelve-year-old Andi Boggs discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression.

The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit
by Octavia Spencer

Cover of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother's death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.