Mysteries can be intriguing, fun, and thrilling. But like Horror, sometimes we want to feel thrilled, but not disturbed or frightened. Come see us for a recommendation that's just the right thrill for you!

*An asterisk means the title is more mature in content / tone.

Mystery Masters

Authors who write the best mysteries around!


Blue Balliett

Agatha Christie

Stuart Gibb

Carl Hiaasen

Anthony Horowitz

Pete Hautman

Robin Stevens

Sheila Turnage

Adventure/Survival Hybrids

Protagonist is often involved in a larger conspiracy or issue. May feature minor sci-fi or fantasy elements.

Adam Canfield of the Slash [series]

The Postcard - Tony Abbott

The Secret of Zoom - Lynne Jonell

Six - M.M. Vaughan

South by Southeast - Anthony Horowitz


“Capers” tend to be more lighthearted, adventurous mysteries where the protagonist solves the mystery with a neat conclusion.

The Case of the Goblin Pearl - Laurence Yep

The Case of the Lion Dance - Laurence Yep

The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen - M.T. Anderson

Elvis & Olive - Stephanie Watson

The Great Shelby Holmes - Elizabeth Eulberg

Horton Halfpott - Tom Angleberger

Lizzie! - Maxine Kumin

Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs - Karen Karbo

Detective Stories

The Brixton Brothers [series] - Mac Barnett

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator [series] - Jennifer Allison

Half Moon Investigations - Eoin Colfer

The Hardy Boys [series] - Franklin Dixon

Houdini & Nate [series] - Tom Lalicki

The Lady Grace Mysteries [series] - Patricia Finney

Nancy Drew [series] - Carolyn Keene

Nooks & Crannies - Jessica Lawson

Pals in Peril [series] - M.T. Anderson

Pieces & Players - Blue Balliett

The Red Blazer Girls [series] - Michael D. Beil

Ruby Redfort [series] - Lauren Child

The Sherlock Files [series] - Tracy Barrett

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer [series] - John Grisham

Wells & Wong [series] - Robin Stevens

Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway? - Avi

Haunted by the Past

A character with a sketchy past is investigated. Blackmail! Creepy motives! Secrets! Adventure!

The Bloodwater Mysteries: Doppelganger - Pete Hautman

Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series - John Feinstein

Hideout - Watt Key*

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery - John Feinstein

Panda-Monium - Stuart Gibbs

The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game - John Feinstein

Heists, History Mysteries, & Treasure Hunts

A valuable item, often historical, was stolen/lost and must be recovered.

Absolutely Truly - Heather Vogel Frederick

The Bloodwater Mysteries: Skullduggery - Pete Hautman

Chasing Vermeer - Blue Balliett

Curiosity - Gary Blackwood

The Danger Box - Blue Balliett

Finders Keepers - Shelley Tougas

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

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn - Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler

The Girl From Felony Bay - J.E. Thompson

Madhattan Mystery - John J. Bonk

Masterpiece - Elise Broach

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World - E.L. Konigsburg

Nooks & Crannies - Jessica Lawson

Olivia Kidney and the Secret Beneath the City - Ellen Potter

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

The Star of Kazan - Eva Ibbotson

Kidnappings & Missing People/Animals

A loved one or a pet is missing, and must be found!

Big Game - Stuart Gibbs

The Bloodwater Mysteries: Snatched - Pete Hautman

The Detective’s Assistant - Kate Hannigan

The Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson

The Great Shelby Holmes - Elizabeth Eulberg

Hidden - Helen Frost

Hideout - Watt Key*

Hold Fast - Blue Balliett

I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest*

The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd

The Magician’s Elephant - Kate DiCamillo

One Came Home - Amy Timberlake

Runaway Twin - Peg Kehret

Silent to the Bone - E.L. Konigsburg

Skink No Surrender - Carl Hiaasen

Something’s Fishy, Hazel Green - Odo Hirsch

Terror at Bottle Creek - Watt Key*

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Leslie Connor

Vanishing Act: Mystery at the US Open - John Feinstein*

Who Stole Halloween? - Martha Freeman

Murder Mysteries

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie*

Belly Up [FunJungle series]- Stuart Gibbs

Dovey Coe - Frances O’Roark Dowell

First Class Murder - Robin Stevens

Houdini & Nate: Frame-Up on the Bowery - Tom Lalicki

I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest

The Magician’s Bird - Emily Fairlie

The Murder of Roger Akroyd- Agatha Christie*

Murder on the Ridge - Ted Stenhouse*

Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders - Kevin Sylvester

Red Kayak - Priscilla Cummings

South by Southeast - Anthony Horowitz

Space Case [Moon Base Alpha series] - Stuart Gibbs

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer [series] - John Grisham*

Three Times Lucky - Sheila Turnage

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Leslie Connor

The View from the Cherry Tree - Willo Davis Roberts

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Ominous Organizations

Protagonists uncover a conspiracy and/or organization with nefarious motives.

Big Game - Stuart Gibbs

The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy - Diane Stanley

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

Raven’s Gate [series] - Anthony Horowitz

Scar Island - Dan Gemeinhart

The Secret of Zoom - Lynne Jonell

A Series of Unfortunate Events [series] - Lemony Snicket

Puzzlers & Scavenger Hunts

Readers solve elaborate puzzles alongside the protagonists.

Book Scavenger - Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Chasing Vermeer - Blue Balliett

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library - Chris Grabenstein

Floors - Patrick Carman

The Gollywhopper Games - Jody Feldman

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms - Lissa Evans

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls: The Witch’s Glass - Holly Grant

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen [series] - Eric Berlin

The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters - James Dashner