Mysteries (Grades 4-6)

Adler, Irene.  The Dark Lady.  J FIC Adler
While on summer vacation at the seaside, twelve-year-old Irene Adler meets the young Sherlock Holmes, and his friend Arsène Lupin–and when a dead body floats ashore the three young friends set out to solve the mystery.

Ashley-Hollinger, Mika.  Precious Bones.  J FIC Ashley-Hollinger
In 1949 in the Florida Everglades, a ten-year-old girl called Bones, whose father is part Miccosukee Indian, tries to discover what really happened when he is accused of two murders and sent to jail.

Balliett, Blue.  Chasing Vermeer.  J PB B // J FIC Balliett  (SERIES)
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.  Edgar Award winner for best mystery.  SEQUELS: The Wright 3 (2006), The Calder Game (2008), & Pieces and Players (2015).

Banscherus, Jurgen. Detective’s Duel. J FIC Banscherus  (SERIES)
When a new boy comes to town and starts taking cases away from Klooz, they decide to have a duel to find the best detective in town.  See others in the Klooz series!

Barrett, Tracy.  The 100-Year-Old Secret.  J FIC Barrett  (SERIES)
Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister living in London for a year, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.

Beil, Michael D.  Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits.  J FIC Beil
In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

Beil, Michael D.  Summer at Forsaken Lake.  J FIC Beil
Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his ten-year-old twin sisters, Hetty and Haley, spend the summer with their great-uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake, where he and their new friend Charlie investigate the truth about an accident involving their families many years before.

Berk, Josh.  Say it Ain’t So.  J FIC Berk
Lenny gets jealous when Mike makes the school baseball team, but together they and Other Mike stumble upon a stealing signals scandal that could go further up than anyone knows.

Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss.  Book Scavenger.  J FIC Bertman
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily’s hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Blakemore, Megan Frazer.  The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill.  J FIC Blakemore
Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town amidst the fervor of Cold War-era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.

Bonk, John J.  Madhattan Mystery.  J FIC Bonk
On her first day in New York City with her younger brother, Kevin, twelve-year-old Lexi overhears thieves discussing where to hide stolen jewels, and the siblings, along with their aunt’s neighbor, Kim Ling, skip day camp to investigate “the crime of the century.”

Broach, Elise.  Missing on Superstition.  J FIC Broach
When brothers Simon, Henry, and Jack move with their parents to Arizona, they are irresistably drawn to explore the aptly named Superstition Mountain, in spite of warnings that it is not safe.

Carey, Benedict.  Poison Most Vial.  J FIC Carey
When a famous forensic scientist turns up dead and Ruby’s father becomes the prime suspect, Ruby must marshal everyone she can to help solve the mystery and prove her father didn’t poison his boss

Carman, Patrick.  Skeleton Creek.  J FIC Carman  (SERIES)
Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah. The reader may view Sarah’s videos on a website by using links and passwords found in the text.SEQUELSGhost in the Machine (2009), The Crossbones (2010) &The Raven (2011).

Clements, Andrew.  The Map Trap.  J FIC Clements
Sixth-grader Alton Ziegler loves maps, and when his portfolio of secret maps is stolen, he begins getting notes with orders that he must obey to get the maps back but, with the help of a popular classmate, he just might succeed before his teacher, principal, or someone else learns he has been studying and mapping things about them.

Dionne, Erin.  Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking.  J FIC Dionne  (14 Day Mystery SERIES)
Instead of spending a carefree summer exploring downtown Boston with best friend Ollie, thirteen-year-old Moxie must solve a famous art heist in order to protect those she loves from her ailing grandfather’s gangster past.  SEQUEL: Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting (2014).

Dowd, Siobhan.  The London Eye Mystery.  J FIC Dowd
When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together–Ted with his brain that is “wired differently” and impatient Kat–to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

Fantaskey, Beth.  Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter.  J FIC Fantaskey
In the 1920s, a ten-year-old newsgirl who aspires to be a reporter at the Chicago Tribune investigates the murder of a gangster.

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx.  The Gallery.  J FIC Fitzgerald
It’s 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room. The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story—and that the paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth.

Freeman, Martha.  Who Stole Grandma’s Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie?  J FIC Freeman
When the recipe for his grandmother’s famous pumpkin pie is suddenly missing just before Thanksgiving Day, Alex and his friend Yasmeen try to solve the mystery of its disappearance.

Gibbs, Stuart.  Belly Up.  J FIC Gibbs  (SERIES)
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo’s star attraction–Henry the hippopotamus–is murdered. SEQUELPoached(2014).

Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  J FIC Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape

Griffin, N.  Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11.  J FIC Griffin
When Room Eleven’s beloved pet hamster, Patches, goes missing, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, launch an investigation to bring the thief to justice–but they discover that there may be more than one secret to be uncovered.

Kehret, Peg.  Dangerous Deception.  J FIC Kehret
Sixth-grader Emmy and her classmates start a secret community service project to help a hungry family, but soon Emmy finds herself involved in a home burglary ring operated by the family’s neighbor.

Kelly, Katy.  Melonhead and the Undercover Operation.  J FIC Kelly
Ten-year-old Adam “Melonhead” Melon and his fellow Junior Special Agent, Sam, investigate a fellow resident of Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, believing that she is one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted.

Kennedy, Emma.  Wilma Tenderfoot : The Case of the Frozen Hearts.  J FIC Kennedy  (SERIES)
Wilma Tenderfoot, a ten-year-old orphan who lives at Cooper Island’s Lowside Institute for Woeful Children, dreams of escape and of becoming the apprentice of the world-famous detective Theodore P. Goodman, whose every case she follows devotedly in the newspaper.

Lawson, Jessica.  Nooks & Crannies.  J FIC Lawson
Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were just about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.

Malone. Marianne.  The Sixty-Eight Rooms.  J FIC Malone
Ruthie thinks nothing exciting will ever happen to her until her sixth-grade class visits the Art Institute of Chicago, where she and her best friend Jack discover a magic key that shrinks them to the size of gerbils and allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms–the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places–and discover their secrets.

Milford, Kate.  Greenglass House.  J FIC Milford
At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.

Newsome, Richard.  The Billionaire’s Curse.  J FIC Newsome
When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt’s death and various artifacts in the British Museum. SEQUELSThe Emerald Casket (2011), The Mask of Destiny (2012) &The Crystal Code (2012).

Nicholson, Simon.  The Magician’s Fire.  J FIC Nicholson
Young Harry Houdini’s efforts to perfect his magic tricks are put on hold when his mentor, Herbie, disappears, prodding Harry and his two best friends, Arthur and Billie, to embark on a dangerous investigation that pushes their skill and their friendship to the limits. 

Pullman, Philip.  Two Crafty Criminals!: And How They Were Captured By The Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang: Including Thunderbolt’s Waxwork & The Gas-Fitter’s Ball.  J FIC Pullman
Eleven-year-old Benny Kaminsky leads a rag-tag gang of neighborhood children as they use improbable disguises and crazy ruses while investigating such crimes as counterfeiting and stolen silver in 1894 London.

Quinn, Spencer.  Woof.  J FIC Quinn
Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy’s bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen–so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous. 

Raskin, Ellen.  The Westing Game.  J FIC 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.

Ray, Delia.  Finding Fortune.  J FIC Ray
Angry with her mother, twelve-year-old runaway Ren finds an unusual boarding house in a nearby ghost town, Fortune, where she meets some interesting people and learns of a forgotten treasure from when the town was famous for buttons made of Mississippi River shells.

Runholt, Susan.  Rescuing Seneca.  J FIC Runholt
While accompanying her mother on a business trip to Scotland, fourteen-year-old Kari and her best friend Lucas attempt to solve the kidnapping mystery of a 15-year-old piano prodigy.

Skurzynski, Gloria.  Wolf Stalker: A Mystery in Yellowstone National Park.  JPB S (Mysteries in Our National Parks SERIES)
Jack, his younger sister, and the family’s foster child, Troy, go to Yellowstone National Park, where Jack’s mother, a wildlife veterinarian, is investigating a report that wolves reintroduced to the park have killed a dog there.

Snicket, Lemony.  Who Could That Be At This Hour?  J FIC Snicket
Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain’d By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

Spratt, R.A.  Friday Barnes: Girl Detective.  J FIC Spratt
A genius girl detective discovers her ultra exclusive boarding school is a hotbed of crime, from missing homework and stolen lemon tarts to a mysterious yeti haunting the school swamp.

Spencer, Octavia.  The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.  J FIC Spencer.
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.

Turnage, Shelia.  Three Times Lucky.  J FIC Turnage  (SERIES)
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.  SEQUEL: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (2014).

Wells, Marcia.  Mystery on Museum Mile.  J FIC Wells
Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Ylvisaker, Anne.  The Luck of the Buttons.  J FIC Ylvisaker
In Iowa circa 1929, spunky twelve-year-old Tugs vows to turn her family’s luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery that only she can solve.

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