Choosing the right books for a child to read, on a Kindle or in a paperback, is one of the most valuable gifts you can give them. Depedimng on the type of book, they can help children to develop their imaginative skills, acquire new literary tastes as well as developing their crucial reading skills.

 

Our aim is to make it easier for you to find and choose the finest mystery books for a child. We have selected some of the top-selling books for kids based on reviews across several different platforms. To help you choose the right book for your child, we have categorised books based on the age group they are aimed at. Different children within the same age group will have varying reading abilities. Therefore, the age group that a book belongs to may also belong to another age group to serve the needs of a child who's reading abilities may be outside of his or her age group. So you may see books that belong to more than one age group. 

 

You will also find some of the most popular authors for children's books as well. We can't review or list all the books written for kids' mystery or their authors. But we will try to bring to you the most popular books and the most popular authors in kids mystery. As Francis Bacon once said "Reading maketh a man".  We hope that our books helps challenge your child's world of imagination as well as grow their curiosities in reading.

 

Type of Kids' Mystery books

 

Kids' Detective Mystery

 

Whether you are looking for a professional or an amateur sleuth, we have a wide range of 'detective' mystery books and to help you choose, and classified them according to the age groups.

 

Kids Mystery 3-5 year olds


 

 The Detective Dog (2017) by Julia DonaldsonThe Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

 

A little boy's dog with an amazing sense of smell is known by all. Peter's dog, Nell, attends school with children to listen to their reading until one morning they find all the books have disappeared. Using her keen sense of smell, she begins to help the school find the culprit. 

 

 

 


What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

What the Ladybird Heard (2012): Julia Donaldson

 

 In the midst of a noisy farm of numerous animals, a plot is drawn to steal a prize cow. A quiet little ladybird hears the plot and comes to the rescue.

 

 

 



The Grotlyn by Benji DaviesThe Grotlyn (2017) by Benji Davies 

 

A mysterious creature, scaring everyone that comes across it and travels through the town at night. A suspenseful story for readers of ages 4+ years.

 

 

 

 

 

Little Master Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles (BabyLit) (2013) by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

 Little Master Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles

 

 

Cars 2: Super Spies (2011) by Susan Amerikaner

 

 Cars 2: Super Spies by Susan Amerikaner

 

 

 

Kids Mystery 6-9 year olds

 

A Dash of Poison by Adam Frost

 A Dash of Poison by Adam Frost


Nancy Drew Files

Sleepover Sleuths Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew (2006) by Carolyn Keene


The Deductive Detective by Brian Rock

The Deductive Detective by Brian Rock

Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase by Bruce Whatley

 

 

 

The High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant

 

The High-Rise Private Eye #1- The case of the Missing Monkey

 

Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield

Detective Dinosaur 

 

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds

 

Spy School Secret Service (2017) by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School Secret Service

 

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

 

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

 

The Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W. Dixon

 

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Serafina and the Black Cloak (2016) by Robert Beatty

 

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

 Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin

 

 Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin

Ages 12+ and Teenagers

 

Young Sherlock collection by Andrew Lane

 

Young Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lane

 

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner

Emil and the Detectives by Kastner Erich

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot) by Agatha Christie

 

 Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Ace High School Detective by Colin Fischer

Ace High School Detective by Colin Fischer

 

Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

 

Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

 

Soft-Boiled Mystery

 

3-5 Year-Olds

Marble James Investigates: The Case of the Pink Rabbit by Alistair Stuart

 

 Marble James Investigates The Case of the Pink Rabbit by Alistair Stuart

 
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
 
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
 
 
The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson
 
The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson
 
  
 
 
 
 
Timmy Failure The Cat Stole My Pants BY Stephan Pastis
 
 
 
 
The Racehorse who disappeared by Clare Balding
 
 
 
 

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

 

 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

 

 

 

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Set in an alternate 1832 England, and ravaged by wolves which have migrated through the newly-opened Channel Tunnel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a captivating and brilliantly imaginative offering from classic children's author Joan Aiken. Readers who enjoy this book will equally revel in the joy of reading Black Hearts in Battersea also by Joan Aiken.

 

 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

 

Adventure Mystery

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

 Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

 

Holes by Louis Sachar

 

Holes by Louis Sachar and Vladimir Radunsky

 

 

The Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W. Dixon

 

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik

 

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

 

Theodore Boone Box set by John Grisham

 

Theodore Boone Box set by John Grisham

Ages 12+ and Teenagers

 

 

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Adventure

Whether you are looking for the adventures of the Hardy Boys or the Famous Five, you'll find a rollercoaster of adventures and mystery in these books. Classified according to age groups. 

Kids Mystery 3-5 year olds

Jack Stalwart: The Mission to find Max Egypt by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

 

Jack Stalwart The Mission to find Max Egypt by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

 

Kids Mystery 6-9 year olds

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's most famous five characters ever devised The story is filled with seaside picnics, ruined castle and secret caves creating a nostalgic adventure story for young readers.

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

 

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

The Secret Seven collection by Enid Blyton

 

The Secret Seven collection by Enid Blyton

 

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warner

 

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

 

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Caldera The Brotherband series by John Flanagan

 The Caldera The Brotherband series by John Flanagan

 

 

Adventure

Whether you are looking for the adventures of the Hardy Boys or the Famous Five, you'll find a rollercoaster of adventures and mystery in these books. Classified according to age groups. 

Kids Mystery 3-5 year olds

Jack Stalwart: The Mission to find Max Egypt by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

 

Jack Stalwart The Mission to find Max Egypt by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

 

Kids Mystery 6-9 year olds

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's most famous five characters ever devised The story is filled with seaside picnics, ruined castle and secret caves creating a nostalgic adventure story for young readers.

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

 

 

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

The Secret Seven collection by Enid Blyton

 

The Secret Seven collection by Enid Blyton

 

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warner

 

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

 

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warner

 The Caldera The Brotherband series by John Flanagan

 The Caldera The Brotherband series by John Flanagan

 The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

Ages 12+ and Teenagers

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

Cozy Mystery

Cozy mysteries take place in the settings of a local neighbourhood, school premises or that in a stately home. With books like Spy School Secret Service and the Secret Seven, kids will love to tuck into cozy mysteries. 

Kids Mystery 3-5 year olds

 

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

 

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

 

Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Jill McElmurry

Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Jill McElmurry

 

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by   Oliver Jeffers

 

Kids Mystery 6-9 year olds 

Nevermoor- The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow byJessica Townsend 

 

Maisie Hitchens The Case of The Vanishing Emerald by Holly Webb

The Case of the Vanishing Emerald by Holly Web

Goosbumps series by RL Stine

Goosebumps series by RL Stine

Theodore Boone Box set by John Grisham

Theodore Boone Box set by John Grisham

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)- Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The third most-translated book in the world. With 140 million copies sold in 250 different languages.

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds

Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs 

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler   Warner 

Holes by Louis Sachar and Vladimir Radunsky

Holes by Louis Sachar and Vladimir Radunsky

The Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W. Dixon

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

John Grisham's Theodore Boone Boxset by John Grisham

Theodore Boone Box set by John Grisham

 

Ages 12+ and Teeangers

Watership Down by Richard Adams

 Watership Down by Richard Adams

 

Kids mystery 10-12 year olds:

 

Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs

 Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Set in an alternative 1832 England, and ravaged by wolves which have migrated through the newly-opened Channel Tunnel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a captivating and brilliantly imaginative offering from classic children's author Joan Aiken. Readers who enjoy this book will equally revel in the joy of reading Black Hearts in Battersea also by Joan Aiken.

 

 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

 

Popular Authors in Kids' Mystery Books

Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens is an American-born children's author with numerous successful books. Her young fans are from around the world. 

Murder is Bad Manners: Murder Most Unladylike

Murder is Bad Manners: Murder Most Unlady Like by Robin Stevens

Set in 1934, this boarding scholl crime detective stopry is both engaging and enthralling. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a deadly secret detective agency at school, only to find that their Science teacher, Miss Bell, has been murdered and body has been removed from the crime scene. Daisy and Hazel must find the evidence before the killer strikes again. 

The Guggenheim Mystery


The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

When Ted Spark visits New York to stay with his Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim, an expensive painting is stolen from the Guggenheim museum. Ted's aunt Gloria is blamed for the theft and Ted decides that he must find the true culprit to clear his aunt's name. 

Cream Buns and Crime 

Packed with superb mini-mysteries, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong employ their detetctive skills and tricks in solving the many mysteries.  

Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

When Daisy Wells invites her best friend at school and fellow detective Hazel Wong to her birthday party at home in Fallingford, someone very mysteriously falls very ill at the party. 

  
Arsenic for Tea

Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens

First Class Murder

Two best friends, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, are on holiday on the Orient Express when a sceam is heard from one of the train cabins.A murdered woman lies in dead in the cabin, her stunning ruby necklace is gone and so has the killer. 

 First Class Murder

 

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Carolyn Keene

One of the most iconic fictional detectives and the wildly popular Nancy Drew and the Dana Girls, Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors for the above series. The first author to use the pseudonym Carolyn Keene was Mildred Wirt Benson who wrote 23 of the original 30 Nancy Drew books. 

Here are 3 books that we consider to be amongst the most popular of all Nancy Drew stories.

The Hidden Staircase

The Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew receives a strange man at her and her dad's house, informing them that their livesmay be in danger. Nancy tries to track down a missing landowner who may have been connected to the lawsuit of a railroad. 

Nancy's Mysterious Letter

When Nancy mistakenly receives a mysterious letter from England stating that she is a heir to a fortune she begins to track down the person who wrote the letter, as well as the other Nancy Drew that the letter was intended for. 

Nancy Drew Nancy's Mysterious Letter

The Sign of the Twisted Candles

Nancy Drew braves danger as a great-granduncle of her friends, Asa Sidney, is held captive in his own mansion while Nancy solve sthe mystery of the perpetrators who are stealing his fortune. 

The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

For more Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene, please click here. 

 

Ellen Raskin

Award-winning mystery books novelist, Ellen Raskin was an American author of Westing Game. She has written several mystery books for children and young adults, making her a highly popular author in the genre of kids' mystery. 

The Westing Game

A supersharp mystery unravels when sixteen unlikely heirs gather for the reading of the wealthy Samuel W. Westing's will. No one knows why he has chosen the selected names as they are split into 8 groups of two's and embark on finding who among them is Westing's murderer.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Figgs & Phantoms

With plenty of clues and mysteries to be solved, as Mona attempts to find the place her uncle Florence wishes to travel to. 

Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I mean Noel)

When the wife sets off to see her husband, Leon, whom she last saw when she was five years old and he was seven years old. Their reunion takes an unexpected turn when a storm knocks Leon off their boat, leaving his wife Mrs Carillon with only a singular clue. 

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon by Ellen Raskin

For more books by Ellen Raskin, please click here. 

Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine is a British author of mystery novels for children and young adults. She is known for the bestselling The Sinclair Mysteries series which have been shortlisted and nominated for several awards. She is very active with children’s projects including running a monthly book show, Down The Rabbit Hole, on radio’s Resonance FM.

The Midnigh Peacock

The Midnigh Peacock by Katherine Woodfine

The Painted Dragon

The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine   Woodfine

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine 

For more books by Katherine Woodfine, please click here.   

 

Mark Haddon

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year (2003), the Guardian Prize (2003) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2004), Mark Haddon is an English novelist. Recognised for his bestselling novel, The Curious Incident the Dog in the Night-time (2003), Mark Haddon has been writing children’s books since 1987, starting with Gilbert’s Gobstopper.  

The Curious Incident the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident the Dog in the Night-time   by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

The Red House

The Red House by Mark Haddon 

For more books by Mark Haddon, please click here.   

Gertrude Chandler Warner

Most famous for her book The Boxcar Children, and the 18 books that followed it in the series, Gertrude Chandler Warner was an American author of children's books. Afetr her death in 1979, her publishers Albert Wightman & Company have added stories to The Boxcar Children Mysteries so that children of today can continue to enjoy reading more adventures in one of the most favourite series ever written for young readers.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler   Warner

Originally published in 1924, today this popular series contains over 150 titles, including adaptation to films inn 2014 (The Boxcar Children) and a sequel film in 2017 (Surprise Island). The Boxcar Children is the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny after their father's sudden death. The stories are full of mystery and adventure.

Surprise Island

The four siblings are invited to spend their holiday in an old barn on an island until a stranger appears and the children are once again battling mysteries.

Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Yellow House Mystery

Grandpa Alden reveals to the Boxcar Children about the mysterious circumstances under which the yellow house became vacant over forty years ago. The four children become determined to solve the mystery and in the process find a trail of clues.

 The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

For more books by Gertrude Chandler Warner, please click here.   

Brian Selznick

Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2008, Brian Selznick is an American author and illustrator of children's books. 

The Marvels

The Marvels by Brian Selznick 

Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret  

For more books by Brian Selznick, please click here.    

Trenton Lee Stewart

Best known for his highly popular Mysterious Benedict Society series books, Trenton Lee Stewart is an American author of young readers. His books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. 

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Four very gifted children are sent to a distant boarding school where they encounter some mysterious events unfolding. 

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

The second instalment of the series as the four children race agaisnt time to save their beloved Mr Benedict.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the   Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma 

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the   Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

The four children are back with tackling the plots and schemes of Mr Curtain as they attempt to save Stonetown.

For more books by Trenton Lee Stewart, please click here.