Top 10 Kids Mysteries in Alphabetical Order

For some kids it’s the fast pace. Other kids enjoy the eerie settings and the puzzling situations. For others, it’s the thrill of exercising their skills as they try and solve the mystery before the end of the book. But there’s no doubt about it: Kids love a mystery. Listed below are some classic books you shouldn’t miss.

Coffin on a Case

by Eve Bunting

Sixth-grade Henry starts taking on cases when his detective dad is out of town. He solves the mystery of a missing mother, with a ring of art thieves, a missing wooden stork, and some suspicious characters hanging around an under-construction development thrown in along the way.

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Solve-it-Yourself Mysteries

by Hy Conrad

Introduce yourself to crime-solving with these seven mysteries. You’ll learn the art of detecting from weighing evidence to taking fingerprints to tailing a suspect, all while solving the mysteries in this volume. The Crime Solver’s Handbook has tips on invisible writing, secret codes, and more.

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The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure

by Franklin W. Dixon

Frank and Joe Hardy are astounded by the twists and turns their first case takes. A criminal makes a deathbed confession that he hid his loot “in the tower.” It’s up to the Hardy Boys to solve the case.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Meet the greatest crime-solving genius the world has known in this collection of the first dozen stories about Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Even when going up against the most clever of criminals, Holmes always has the right answer.

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Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock

by Carolyn Keene

Introduce yourself to Nancy Drew, the famous girl detective who can do it all, from shooting the rapids to exploring the depths of an old castle. In this, the first book in the series, we meet Nancy Drew; her father, Carson Drew, prominent River Heights lawyer; Hannah Gruen, the motherly housekeeper; and her friends. Nancy tests her skills and wits when she must uncover the mystery of a missing will.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by Konigsburg, E. L.

When Claudia runs away, she doesn’t kid around — she hides out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her little brother Jamie. She gets more than she bargained for as she becomes involved with a statue’s secret past and its equally mysterious owner..

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The Séance

by Joan Lowery Nixon

When a group of friends plans a seance, Lauren is reluctant to take part from the beginning. Her fears are confirmed when immediately afterwards, one of their friends is missing.

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The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

The death of eccentric millionaire Samuel W. Westing brings together an likely assortment of characters to hear his will. To everyone’s surprise, the will is a challenge to discover who amongst them is Westing’s murderer… and the right answer will win Westing’s fortune…

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The Egypt Game

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Melanie Ross and April Hall happen upon a deserted yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop and decide it’s the perfect place to hold their games about ancient Egypt. But as the Egypt Game grows, so do the strange incidents surrounding their game, and the kids must catch a murderer.

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The Adventures of Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective

by Donald J.Sobol

A classic collection featuring ten-year-old Encyclopedia “Leroy” Brown, amateur sleuth and son of Idaville’s Chief of Police. Encyclopedia can crack the toughest case (usually while eating dinner), even when they’re as different as a watermelon stabbing, missing roller skates, and a Civil War sword.

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