Children's reading lists

16 must-read crime and mystery books

From stolen paintings to shocking murder mysteries, these suspenseful stories are awash with terrible crimes. Luckily, there’s always a brave investigator first to the scene to try and save the day.

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A photo of a selection of children's crime books on a red background with a magnifying glass hovering over the book The London Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
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