Mystery (grades 4-8)

Kids
Book Cover Title
The bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Bodies keep appearing, then disappearing, at the Bessledorf Hotel where Bernie's father is the manager.
Image of The case of the Goblin Pearls book cover The case of the Goblin Pearls
Laurence Yep
Lily's part in the San Francisco New Year's parade turns into a wild adventure when she helps her movie-star aunt chase the thieves who steal the priceless goblin pearls.
Image of The dollhouse murders book cover The dollhouse murders
Betty Ren Wright
Amy discovers dolls have moved in a spooky dollhouse, and she and her sister are pulled into a old mystery surrounding grisly murders.
Image of Detectives in togas book cover Detectives in togas
Henry Winterfeld
When a classmate is wrongly accused of writing graffiti and attacking their teacher, a group of Roman schoolboys hunts for the real culprit.
Image of Sammy Keyes and the hotel thief book cover Sammy Keyes and the hotel thief
Wendelin Van Draanen
Detective girl Sammy searches for the thief she caught in her binoculars - and who caught her looking back at him!
Image of The Egypt game book cover The Egypt game
Zilpha Snyder Keatley
Six players recreate Ancient Egypt behind a dirty old shop, but when tragedy strikes, they wonder if they should stop the game...
Image of The view from the cherry tree book cover The view from the cherry tree
Willo Davis Roberts
Rob admits to having seen a murder but no one pays attention - no one, that is, except the murderer.
Image of Time windows book cover Time windows
Kathryn Reiss
Miranda has discovered a suspicious dollhouse in the attic of their old house that reveals mysteries of the previous occupants.
Image of The Westing game book cover The Westing game
Ellen Raskin
Seemingly arbitrary neighbors are sucked in by pairs into a mysterious and extreme "who dunnit" intrigue that rewards $200 million.
Image of At the sound of the beep book cover At the sound of the beep
Marilyn Sachs
Runaways Mathew and Mathilda stay in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where they try to identify a murderer on the loose.
Image of At the sound of the beep book cover At the sound of the beep
Marilyn Sachs
Runaways Mathew and Mathilda stay in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where they try to identify a murderer on the loose.
Image of Dragons in the waters book cover Dragons in the waters
Madeleine L'Engle
On a ship to Venezuela a piece of valuable art disappears, and someone is murdered. Every passenger seems to have a motive.
Image of From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler book cover From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg
Runaways hide out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they find themselves in the middle of a suspenseful adventure that makes the headlines.
Image of Trial by journal book cover Trial by journal
Kate Klise
Twelve-year old Lily is summoned to serve on the jury for the murder trial of her best friend. Something sinister is afoot - and Lily reveals all in her homework journal!
Image of The ghost in the Tokaido Inn book cover The ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Seikei must prove he has the courage to become a samurai and gets his chance when a ghost steals a priceless gem intended for the shogun of Japan.
Image of Jim Ugly book cover Jim Ugly
Sid Fleischman
Jake saw his father buried - or did he? His dog Jim Ugly seems to know something Jake doesn't, and helps him in this action-packed Old West adventure.
Image of A northern light book cover A northern light
Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, Mattie is working a summer job at a hotel when a guest is murdered...and Mattie may hold the final clue.
Image of The face on the milk carton book cover The face on the milk carton
Caroline B. Cooney
Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her 12 years ago but the picture on the milk carton is definitely her.
Image of The dark stairs: a Herculeah Jones mystery book cover The dark stairs: a Herculeah Jones mystery
Betsy Byars
Herculeah Jones investigates a case involving the deserted Dead Oaks house across the street and a giant man who wears an overcoat.
Image of Freddy the detective book cover Freddy the detective
Walter R. Brooks
Freddy the pig, having just read Sherlock Holmes, is enlisted to solve several disappearances and a murder on the farm.
Image of The house with a clock in its walls book cover The house with a clock in its walls
John Bellairs
Lewis knows something is odd about his uncle's house, but has no idea that the ticking clock in its walls is a countdown to the end of the world.
Image of Chasing Vermeer book cover Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett
Coded clues...stolen art...the power of blue M&Ms...will Calder and Petra puzzle out the thief?