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Detective Work

Here are some great mystery book titles. Follow the clues and see if you can solve the mystery before the book characters do!

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1) by April Henry

The Body in the Woods - April Henry [Point Last Seen series]

From the publisher:
While helping the Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find instead, a body and join forces to find the girl's murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Burn Our Bodies Down - Rory Power

From the publisher:
Margot doesn't know anything about her family, beyond her quiet life with her mother. But she wants more and when she finds a clue that leads her to a town called Phalene, she leaves to investigate. Only Phalene and her family history are full of secrets, some that may prove more dangerous and deadly than Margot ever could have bargained for.

The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes, #1)

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery - Nancy Springer

From the publisher:
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothersall while attempting to piece together clues to her mothers strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

Netflix Movie trailer:

Chirp by Kate Messner

Chirp - Kate Messner

From the publisher:
When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she's recovering from the broken arm she got falling off a balance beam. And packed away in the moving boxes under her clothes and gymnastics trophies is a secret she'd rather forget.

Mia's change in scenery brings day camp, new friends, and time with her beloved grandmother. But Gram is convinced someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm. Is it sabotage or is Gram's thinking impaired from the stroke she suffered months ago? Mia and her friends set out to investigate, but can they uncover the truth in time to save Gram's farm? And will that discovery empower Mia to confront the secret she's been hiding--and find the courage she never knew she had?

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library - Chris Grabenstein

From the publisher:
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.

Nickelodeon Movie Trailer:

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

The Girl I Used to Be - April Henry

From the publisher:
Olivia's parents were killed fourteen years ago. Now, new evidence reopens the case . . . and she finds herself involved.

Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti

Girl Unframed - Deb Caletti

From the publisher:
While spending a summer with her famous mother and her criminal boyfriend, Sydney Reilly, age fifteen, finds love with Nicco but her premonition of something bad coming proves dreadfully accurate.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder - Holly Jackson

From the publisher:
Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself.

Now a senior, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

The Great Upending by Beth Kephart

The Great Upending - Beth Kephart

From the publisher:
If eleven-year-old Sara and her brother Hawk can complete a task involving the reclusive author renting out the silo on their farm for the summer, they will receive reward money that will pay for Sara's life-saving surgery.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Grown - Tiffany D. Jackson

From the publisher:
When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields? Before there was a dead body, Enchanted's dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey's charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he's dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted.

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson

I Know You Remember - Jennifer Donaldson

From the publisher:
After moving back to Anchorage and discovering the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, high school senior Ruthie embarks on a search that reveals dark secrets.

The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1)

The Inheritance Games - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

From the publisher:
Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why -- or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

The Justice Project by Michael Betcherman

The Justice Project - Michael Betcherman

From the publisher:
High-school football star Matt Barnes was on the top of the world until a freak snowboarding accident ended his promising sports career and left him with a permanent limp. Then by chance Matt lands an internship at the Justice Project, an organization that defends the wrongly convicted. The other intern is his high-school nemesis, Sonya Livingstone, a quick-witted social activist with little time for jock culture. The two slowly develop a friendship as they investigate the case of Ray Richardson, who was convicted of murdering his parents twenty-one years ago.

Little White Lies (Debutantes, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes [Debutantes series #1]

From the publisher:
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realises that immersing herself in her grandmother's 'society' might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life - her father's identity - she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart.

The London Eye Mystery (London Eye Mystery, #1) by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd

From the publisher:
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.

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

The Lying Woods - Ashley Elston

From the publisher:
Owen Foster is pulled from his elite New Orleans boarding school when his father's assets are seized and, back in his small town, begins to piece together his father's past despite mounting danger.

#Murdertrending (MurderTrending, #1) by Gretchen McNeil

#murdertrending - Gretchen McNeil [series]

From the publisher:
When Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realises she's about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

Notorious by Gordon Korman

Notorious - Gordon Korman

From the publisher:
Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee. As Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues about Barney the dog's murder, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight's gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he's ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high.

And now someone is after them. . . .

One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1) by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus [series]

From the publisher:
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

From the publisher:
Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Patron Saints of Nothing - Randy Ribay

From the publisher:
When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.

Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller

Redemption Prep - Samuel Miller

From the publisher:
Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices. Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

The Silence of Bones - June Hur

From the publisher:
Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse. Indentured to the police bureau, she's been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1) by Y.S. Lee

A Spy in the House - Y.S. Lee

From the publisher:
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

They Wish They Were Us - Jessica Goodman

From the publisher:
At an exclusive prep school on Long Island, Jill Newman looks forward to her senior year as a member of the school's most elite clique, the Players, until new evidence surfaces about the murder of her close friend Shaila.