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…
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Daisy Wells’ and Hazel Wong’s detective society doesn’t have much to do at Deepdean School for Girls; that is, until Hazel discovers the science mistress lying dead in the bathroom. Alarmed, Hazel alerts Daisy to the scene, but on their return, they are shocked to discover that the body has been removed. Set in a 1930s English boarding school, the thrilling first book in Robin Steven’s series is filled with suspense, mystery and mischief – think Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie.
Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron
After spotting the 'most wanted' notices in the Post Office, Julian, his little brother Huey, and their friend Gloria assume the role of neighbourhood crimebusters. They rescue trapped dogs and lost toddlers, but soon their curiosity puts them in more bother than expected. Julian, Secret Agent is an entertaining and easy-to-read crime adventure; budding detectives won’t be able to put it down!
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jason Stratford
Based on Ava Lovelace – the world’s first computer programmer – and the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, this delightful detective story reimagines the two historical figures as friends in nineteenth century London. With great minds and an appetite for adventure to match, they set up the Wollenstone Detective Agency to help tackle rising street crime. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom and a false confession, so the two young sleuths must put their brains together in order to crack the case. A clever, suspenseful mystery for young history and crime buffs alike.
Invisible by Robert Swindells
Rosie is the new girl at school with an amazing secret: she can turn invisible. Soon, she lets her new friends – twins Carrie and Conrad and their pals Peter and Charlotte – in on her gift and shows them how to become invisible too. When a series of art robberies occur in the neighbourhood, Rosie’s father is accused of the crime. In order to save the day, the gang go to incredible lengths to ensure that the real crooks are caught. An exciting tale of friendship, trickery and a hint of magic from the Carnegie Medal-winning author.
The Big Six by Arthur Ransome
Readers will be transported to a bygone England in this timeless tale of misdemeanour from the best-loved author of Swallows and Amazons. The boat-builders sons, Bill, Peter and Tim, are wrongly accused of setting boats adrift. Luckily, they have good friends in Dick, Dorothea and Tom Dudgeon, who believe that they are innocent, and so, the gang of six set to work to clear the boys’ names and find out who the real villains are.
Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease
Set in the tumultuous days of Elizabeth 1, Peter Brownrigg is on the run from the volatile Sir Philip Morton after throwing a rock at him. On the road, he befriends Kit, who is a member of travelling theatre company, and with a struck of good luck, they become apprentices to William Shakespeare in London. It’s not long though before Peter becomes embroiled in a thrilling adventure involving treason and a shocking murder plot. Peter’s bravery is put to the test in this fast-paced, action-packed historical adventure.
A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens
In this gripping new instalment in the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series, Daisy and Hazel are in more trouble than ever. When Hazel’s grandfather passes away, Daisy accompanies her friend to Hong Kong. Whilst they are abroad, however, a terrible incident occurs and the detectives have to not only solve a murder, but find a kidnapper too! To make matters worse, Hazel is being framed for the murder. The girls must work together to solve their most demanding and personal case yet. An incredible mix of teatime and terror, dim sum and dangerous gangs – a guaranteed page-turner!
The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens and Siobhan Dowd
Ted Spark and his sister Kat are in New York for a summer holiday. But their break takes an unforeseen turn when a painting goes missing at the world-famous Guggenheim, and their aunt Gloria, who is a curator there, is accused of the theft! Committed to proving her innocence, our young intrepid investigator gets stuck in, determined to reveal the truth. From the author of A Murder Most Unladylike series comes a high-speed New York who-dunnit that will have burgeoning detectives gripped to the very end!
The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
There are few detectives in the world of fiction who have captured imaginations as much as Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty sidekick, Doctor Watson. This collection features eight classic crime mysteries, including 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Reigate Puzzle' written by the renowned Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a masterful collection of best-loved stories of nocturnal intrigue and suspense, not to mention Mr. Holmes’ most unique powers of deduction…
The Mona Lisa Mystery
There’s nothing as exciting as going on a class trip, and Class 3 of Hampstead Primary are going to Paris! But things take a turn for the unexpected when Morgan spots a mysterious bearded man driving behind their bus, and another bearded stranger on the ferry. The class get a lot more than they bargained for when they find themselves entangled in a crime plot to steal the Mona Lisa! From start to finish, A Mona Lisa Mystery is a humorous and enjoyable escapade.