When I was a child, mystery books first drew me in and made me want to read. When I was an undercover detective, I always felt like I was gathering important clues so I could be the first to solve the case.
If you want your kids to have a good time, read mystery books. They’re one of the most fun genres of books out there. Is this the book that will get your kids excited about reading this year? Then look no further. A list of 10 great mystery books that kids will love is here. A lot of these books are part of a long-running series, so your child will still have a lot of fun when they finish reading them. I’ve put together a mix of classic stories and recent bestsellers, as well as a few of my favorite books from my own childhood. Enjoy!
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
If you want to know what Kyle Keeley thinks about games, just ask him! There is no matter what kind of game it is: board games, card games, puzzle games, video games. He likes them all. This word is most relavant His favorite game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is behind a new library in his town. When he learns that, he’s excited.
After he thinks the best is over, Kyle gets the chance to go inside before anyone else. He and 12 other kids get to stay there overnight for an opening party that’s full of fun, food, and games. At first, things go well. When it’s time to leave, there is a problem, though. The doors are still locked, and no one has a key. There are clues, puzzles, and riddles that Kyle and the other kids have to solve together in order to find the secret exit before they’re stuck inside for good.
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
A millionaire named Josiah Crawley recently died, and Nancy has been given the job of finding the will of the man who died. People who knew him and were close to him were all promised a share of his money when he died. To everyone’s surprise, the Topham family is getting all of his money.
This is how Nancy Drew came up with the idea that the missing will is hidden in an old clock owned by Mr. Crawley, and she went on a hair-raising search to find the clock before the clock runs out of time! No, she can’t solve the mystery and make sure that Mr. Crawley’s family gets what they deserve.
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
For a while, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have been running a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls. But until now, they haven’t had many cases to work on.
As soon as Hazel finds something surprising in the gym, things are going to get a lot different. It looks like Miss Bell is dead on the floor. She was the science teacher. To get help, Hazel runs to call for help. When she comes back a few minutes later, the body isn’t anywhere to be found. Their most important case is coming up. In this case, Hazel is the only person who can say that Miss Bell is dead. So the two have to find evidence and track down their suspects on their own, without help from anyone else. It’s up to them to use their intelligence as a secret agent to solve the case. Or will someone at Deepdean School for Girls be able to get away with killing someone?
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
April, who is 11 years old, knows that she isn’t like the other kids at Winterborne Home. Her mother will be coming to get her any day now.
It doesn’t take long for her to figure out that Winterborne isn’t like any other children’s home. This big, scary house has a lot of dark secrets, like the mystery of the missing billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who went missing. Everyone, even the police, thinks he’s dead. April found him alive and well in a secret lair in the basement. Now, April and her new orphan friends are the only ones who can keep Gabriel safe from harm. It looks like someone is after him, and they want to take Winterborne Home down with him as well.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Eleven years ago, Moses -Mo- LoBeau washed up on the shores of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Since then, she has been making waves in the sleepy southern town. As soon as Mo walked in, the Colonel and Miss Lana took her in and made her feel right at home. It doesn’t matter that Mo thinks she has a real mother who is still out there, waiting for her. She loves the family she was given as if they were hers.
However, when the Colonel is in danger and Miss Lana is in danger, Lana and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, find themselves in the fight of their lives. There is a big mystery in Tupelo Landing right now, and the two of them have to figure it out. They won’t stop until they find out the truth.
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay were both 11 years old, they had a lot of things in common. When they were in sixth grade, they had the same teacher, Ms.Hussey. When it comes to a major art crime, can they work together?
Their Vermeer painting has been stolen from its rightful home, so the two go on a dangerous mission to solve the case. Everyone in their neighborhood, their teachers, and even their parents are suspects. Even the FBI can’t solve this mystery for them. They use their good sense and quick-wittedness, along with some knowledge of art history, to try and figure it out for themselves.
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur T. Hunting
JJ Jacobson was just trying to do something nice for his mom when he got her to accept an invitation to the Barclay Hotel for a free, all-expenses-paid trip. Now both of them are in trouble. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery scandal, and his mother is the main suspect. But JJ knows that his mother didn’t kill the owner of the hotel. Now, he has to fight to clear her name, because she didn’t. He has to solve the case himself. After making new friends at school, he goes on a mission with them to find and punish the real killer before it’s too late. Penny and Emma help him on the way!
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina has always been told by her father to stay inside the gates of the Biltmore Estate. Even though there’s so much to do, she hasn’t been able to think of a way to break his rules. Serafina, on the other hand, has to be careful not to be seen when she’s out of the basement. That’s because no one knows that she and her father, the estate’s handyman, have been living down in the basement for years without telling anyone.
However, the truth about the kidnappings at Biltmore will force Serafina to break her cover soon. Mystery: At night, a creepy figure in a long black coat walks around the halls. When the figure tries to get Serafina, she knows for sure that he is the person who has been taking people away.Braeden Vanderbilt is the nephew of the owner of the Biltmore, so she asks him for help. They go on a dangerous mission to find out who the man in black is. But, can they figure out the truth before more children go missing, or will it be too late? Then, will the truth about Serafina’s secret life in the basement come to light?
The Delaware Detectives by Dana Rongione
It’s their last summer at their grandmother’s old house in Delaware. Abby Patterson and her little brother Jamie are there. The bad news is that their great uncle Harold has a terrible gambling problem, so he’s going to sell the house to pay off his debt. He doesn’t like it, but because he doesn’t have any money of his own to buy the house, he has no choice but to help get it ready for sale.
They decide to go up there one day over the summer and see what’s there. As they go through the old things, they find a mysterious old stamp collection. One clue is written on the back of each stamp. The kids know right away that it’s a clue. Now, the two are on a secret mission to find a hidden treasure. Following the clues, they start to solve the mystery of a lost fortune. The question is, could there be a way to save their Gramma’s house after all?
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
They haven’t had it easy. There was no one to look after their kids, or so they thought. Their parents mysteriously disappeared, leaving them alone. The girls thought their Granny Relda, who they thought was dead, was alive and well. She wants them to come and live with her. Granny says that Sabrina and Daphne have two very famous ancestors: the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the fairy tales they are famous for. They were fairy tales to her, but they weren’t at all. They were case files of magical mischief, and they all happened.
The girls don’t believe a word of it at first. Their grandmother must be crazy. Then, when Granny is taken away by a 200 ft tall giant, it quickly becomes clear that she was telling the truth. Prince Charming, a magic mirror, Beauty, the little pigs, and more fairy tale characters start to show up in front of their eyes. They thought they were only in books. In order to save their grandmother and become the world’s only pair of crime-fighting fairy tale detectives, they must work together now.
If kids read these 10 action-packed mysteries, they won’t want to stop reading because they are so good. You might want to check out the other books in this series, too, if your child likes one of these.