Children’s crime & mystery

Budding crime-solvers will love delving into mystery books and detective books for children, including Robin StevensMurder Most Unladylike series, the Lizzie and Lucky books by Megan Rix, The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, and Lis Jardine’s The Detention Detectives books. For YA and teen mystery thriller books, look no further than Karen M McManus’ hit One of Us is Lying series or her standalone You’ll Be the Death of Me, The Inheritance Games series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Joelle Wellington’s Their Vicious Games.

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13 must-read crime and mystery books

From stolen paintings to shocking murder mysteries, these suspenseful children’s stories are awash with terrible crimes and perfect for young riddle-solvers

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Classic mysteries

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Are you Daisy or Hazel from the Murder Most Unladylike series?

They’re the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of Deepdean. But who are you more similar to in Robin Stevens’ hit children’s detective series?

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Murder Most Unladylike series

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