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58 Fantastic Mystery Books For Kids

Mystery books are timeless for people of all ages. Whether it’s a tough problem solver or a short story that scratches your brain, mystery novels are a great way to exercise your thinking processes. 

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This is especially true for kids, as mystery novels help to challenge their problem-solving skills. Reading is an invaluable skill for children of all ages, so it’s never too late or too early to get them into novels.

58 Fantastic Mystery Books For Kids

Plus, the great thing about mystery books is that they become addicted, and it’s likely they will want more from the same genre. 

So, if you’re looking for a mystery book for your curious kid, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 58 fantastic mystery books for kids. 

1. The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis

The Secret Lake is a story about a brother and sister’s journey to find a lost dog, embarking on a quest through a time tunnel and – you guessed it – a secret lake.

Described as a modern classic, this book is suitable for kids aged 8-12. 

2. The Feather Case by Shannon L. Brown

The first book in a mystery series, The Feather Case is about a magical briefcase holding a surprise.

It’s faced-past and addictive, and kids are likely to want the rest of the series. This book is suitable for kids aged 8-10. 

3. Nancy Drew Mysteries Book 1-4 by Carolyn Keene 

Follow the iconic amateur sleuth Nancy Drew through the first 4 books of the series. This is a hardback box set that is the perfect gift for any Nancy Drew lovers or collectors.

These books are suitable for kids (and adults) of all ages. 

4. The Mystery Of Darkhill School by CJ Loughty

If your teenager likes scary stories, they’ll love this book. Bella Gubbins starts a new school, only to find that it’s haunted by an old man who strolls the corridors.

It’s scary but exciting, and ideal for kids aged 9 to 15. 

5. Into The Dark by CJ Loughty

Another spooky CJ Loughty novel, Into The Dark is perfect for kids who love Harry Potter and all things horror.

It’s witchy, magical, haunted, and will probably make your kids want to have magical powers. 

6. The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

The Secret Zoo is a fantasy-mystery novel about the strange happenings at the Clarksville City Zoo.

This is a great story for kids who love animals and zoos, and is filled with enough adventure for a lifetime. 

7. Case Closed #1: Mystery in the Mansion by Lauren Magaziner

The first of four books, Mystery in the Mansion is a pick-your-own-path story. It’s filled with puzzles and adventure, and encourages kids to be thoughtful and curious to crack the case. 

8. Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery: The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

This is a graphic novel in the Baby-sitters Club series, and it’s ideal for kids who are visual learners. The addition of illustrations makes it easier to understand, and it’s a lot of fun. 

9. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

A story about moving dolls and a mysterious murder, The Dollhouse Murders is the perfect brain-scratcher for older kids and teens.

It’s spooky and exciting, yet covers complex family dynamics and grief. 

10. The Foxglove Fairy Mystery by Kate Lucas

More suitable for young kids, this book follows a fairy’s adventure to find the missing Tooth Fairy coins, by enlisting the help of best friend Detective Foxglove.

It’s magical, charming, and thrilling. 

11. Mackenzie Miller and the Case of the Babe Ruth Baseball by Kate Cooch Rau

This book is about Mackenzie Miller, a smart 10-year-old who tries to figure out the mystery of a missing Babe Ruth baseball while completing 4th grade. 

12. National Park Mystery Series by Aaron Johnson

This is a popular mystery series that covers everything from natural history and friendship to survival skills and mystery. It’s a single-volume book consisting of all 3 books in the series. 

13. The Dare: Friends, Family, and Other Eerie Mysteries by Cynthea Liu 

To fit in with her new town and friends, she must take The Dare, but at what cost? This book is suitable for kids aged 9 and up to Grade Level 4. 

14. The Ghost Train Mystery by Luna Snow 

After twins Alex and Alice meet the owner of a Ghost Train at a local fair, strange happenings occur. This book is suitable for kids aged 9 to 12. 

15. Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll by Scott Peters 

If your kid loves history and mysteries, they’ll love this book. It’s about 12-year-old Zet, who embarks on a mission to find a stolen scroll throughout exciting and mysterious Egypt. 

16. Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries) by Steven K. Smith

The first book of an eleven-book-series, Summer of the Woods is packed with magic, nature, summer, and the uncovering of deep secrets. Your kids will want the whole series. 

17. Choose Your Own Adventure Magick Box by Deborah Lerme Goodman

This is a box set of choose-your-own-adventure books, which are great for kids who love to discover different outcomes and endings.

Kids want to re-read these books again and again, and will never get bored of it. 

18. Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book by Mr. Jay 

Patrick stumbles upon a book for a singular penny, but his journey home isn’t as easy as he thought. It’s vibrant and magical, and ideal for kids aged 3 to 9. 

19. Enola Holmes: The Case of the Bizarre Banquets by Nancy Springer 

When brother Sherlock Holmes’ best friend, Dr. Watson, goes missing, Enola Holmes must find a way to find him without suspicion.

She’s smart, quick-witted, and ready for adventure – the perfect book for a curious kid. 

20. Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes

This non-fictional book explores nine fascinating mysteries debunked by science. It’s a great book for kids obsessed with science and history. 

21. Hailey Haddie’s Minute Mysteries by Marina J. Bowman

Filled with 15 short stories, this book follows detective Hailey Haddie as she solves supernatural crimes across history. It’s a great book for amateur sleuths. 

22. D.A.R.E Detectives: The Mystery on Lovett Lane by Robin Gillingham

If your kid is dyslexic but wants to read, this book is formatted with easy-to-read sentences for kids of all reading levels. It even comes with phonetic practices, decodable words, and short sentences. 

23. Who Pooped on the Poop Deck?: A Noah’s Ark Mystery by Eric M Strong

This rhyming short story is hilarious and exciting, and a good way to get kids interested in the story of Noah’s Ark.

As the name suggests, it’s about solving the case of which animal pooped on the poop deck. 

24. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Book 1 of 9 of the bestselling series, this book centers around a telepathic 12-year-old who meets another telepath.

It’s riveting and thought-provoking, and ideal for kids aged 10 and upwards. 

25. Hailey Haddie’s Minute Mysteries Volume 2 by Marina J. Bowman

Another volume of Bowman’s award-winning stories, this book explores the adventures of detective Hailey Haddie through 15 short and exciting stories. 

26. Legacy of the Inventor: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure by J. I. Wagner 

This is a fun solve-your-own-mystery book that follows the disappearance of a world-famous inventor. It’s suitable for kids aged 9-12. 

27. Club CSI: The Case of the Mystery Meatloaf by David Lewman

When the school’s meatloaf gives everyone food poisoning, Club CSI have to figure out why. The first book in a series of six, this novel is great for kids with an interest in forensic science. 

28. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

If your kid loves Lemony Snicket, they’ll adore this book. Following kids on a secret mission to attend a no-rule school, The Mysterious Benedict Society is for the most curious of kids. 

29. Scaredy Bat and the Holiday Mysteries by Marina J. Bowman

Another Bowman classic, this collection of short stories are aptly holiday-themed, making this the perfect gift for Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, and Valentine’s Day. 

30. The Seeking Tree by Jodi Dee

Following the magical journey of a tree and young girl, this book is a beautiful and fun telling of the natural world and the importance of the ecosystem.

This is a gorgeous illustrated book ideal for kids aged 4-9. 

31. The Girl in Black by CJ Loughty

When Archie moves next to a spooky house, he becomes increasingly more interested in the little girl who practices magic in her garden.

If your kid loves magic and Harry Potter, they’ll love this book. 

32. Little Sherlock: The Case of the Mysterious Goldfish by Peter Pauper

There’s no better way to get your kids into mystery than with a book about Sherlock and Watson. This is a kid-friendly story of the famous detective and his sidekick, ideal for kids aged 6 and up. 

33. Shadow Jumper by J M Forster

Jack has an allergy to the sunshine, confining him to adventure in the shadows. As his condition worsens, only his dad (a missing scientist) can save him.

This book is exciting, dangerous, and shocking. 

34. The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy

The first of a 26-book series, The Absent Author follows the tale of a superfan who goes to meet his favorite author – only he never shows up. It’s up to a group of friends to find the author. 

35. The Mystery of the Wooden Box (Amazing Gracie Mysteries) by Cyrena Shows

Two cousins and a new friend find a wooden box with a key inside, but finding out what it opens is no easy task. This book is about jealousy, pride, and riddling family relationships. 

36. The Loch Ness Monster – Solving Mysteries With Science by Lori Elizabeth Hile

Every kid becomes enamored by the story of the Loch Ness Monster at some point. To feed into their hyperfixation, this book explores the science of the elusive creature. 

37. Ava & Carol Detective Agency: The Witch’s Secret by Thomas Lockhaven

The eighth book in a series, this book follows detectives Ava and Carol as they investigate the story of Alice Scarlett. A tale of magic and curiosity, this book is ideal for middle graders.

38. The Mystery at Mount Rushmore by Carole Marsh

Delving into the nation’s history, this book follows four kids as they investigate the colossal Mount Rushmore. It’s fun and laced with history, and comes from a series of 50 books about real places. 

39. Mystery of the Egyptian Amulet by Scott Peters

Another book set in the universe of child detective Zet, this book follows a perilous quest to find his best friend. Riddled with ancient history and mythology, this is a real page-turner. 

40. The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham

This book follows older brother Joe and his two sisters as they explore Smugglers Cove for the summer holidays, but it’s not as relaxing as most vacations. 

41. The Mysterious Mysteries: The Haunted House by Lalitha Thatikonda

When Clover moves into the new family house, she can’t help but find it creepy. Alongside her friends, she plans to find out exactly what’s happening in the house. 

42. The House on the Pumpkin Farm by Sarah Shadi

The perfect book for fall, this story follows Lily, who visits her cousin’s pumpkin farm for Halloween. What she doesn’t expect is for the farm to be magical, and filled with traps. 

43. The Wild Water Mystery at Niagara Falls by Carole Marsh

Another book in the series, this story follows the mystery and excitement of a trip to Niagara Falls. It’s filled with secrets and curiosity, and a good gift after visiting the famous landmark. 

44. The Math Inspectors: The Case of the Claymore Diamond by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever

This story follows four twelve-year-olds who love math and solving mysteries, but they weren’t expecting to be solving those mysteries in their hometown of Ravensburg, New York.

This is the first book in the crime fighting series. 

45. Danger on the Stage: The Virginia Mysteries by Steven K. Smith 

The last book in the series, Danger on the Stage follows three kids as they watch their favorite actor onstage.

However, something goes terribly wrong, and the kids must find out why the theater shuts down. 

46. Curious Cases: True Crime for Kids by Rebecca Valley

If your middle grade kid loves solving problems, they’ll have fun sinking their teeth into this book. It’s filled with mysteries and unsolved crimes, and will get them into the detective mindset. 

47. Mystery of the Fallen Treasure: The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Part of a series of over 100 books, this story follows the Boxcar children as they investigate a backpack full of jewels that fell from a plane. 

48. The Ghost in the County Courthouse by Barry Forbes

Suitable for kids and teens alike, this book follows an alleged ghost that haunts the county courthouse. It’s a classic cat and mouse story, and a real page-turner. 

49. Solve the Mystery: 41 Puzzling Cases by A. C. Gordon

If your kids like puzzles, they’ll love this exercise book. It’s great for junior-grade self-proclaimed sleuths, and is bound to be a real head scratcher.

The puzzles range from embezzlement to murder, all of which are child-friendly. 

50. Ballpark Mysteries #3: The L.A. Dodger by David A. Kelly

When Kate and Mike visit L.A. to see Kate’s dad, a scout for the Dodgers, they don’t expect to solve the mystery of his top secret scouting reports.

If your kid loves mystery and sports, they’ll really enjoy this book. 

51. Katt Scallion and the Oracle Bird: Katt’s First Adventure by E. K. Isaacs

Follow the adventures of a cat space pirate as he takes on a mission from a strange scientist to retrieve a bird egg from a dying planet. Only thing is, he’s not the only one who wants the egg. 

52. Mysteries of the Old West by E. B. Wheeler

If your kid loves all things cowboys, they’ll enjoy this book. This book explores 13 true and unsolved mysteries of the Old West, and will really get kids thinking about the history of the American West. 

53. The Secret of the Ballet Book by Navita Dello

When a dancer steps out of an ordinary ballet book, Sierra finds that the ballerina’s life is in her hands. Filled with magic, fantasy, mystery, and dancing, this book is great for any ballerina-to-be. 

54. The Mystery at Disney World by Carole Marsh 

Every kid loves Disney World, but did you know that it’s packed with mystery? This is a great book for any kid who loves problem-solving, and of course, anyone who loves Disney. 

55. Stem Learning: The Curious Case of the Vanished Family by Akshansh Sudha

Not only is this a head-scratching mystery, but this book is designed to improve and challenge a child’s learning abilities. It’s educator-approved, and ideal for young kids. 

56. Jane the Astronaut: The Mystery of the Alien Dragons by Dianne Bateman

An astronaut, secret door, and alien dragons – what more could you possibly want? This book is perfect for kids aged 8-12. 

57. Find a Missing Star: SpongeBob SquarePants Mysteries #1 by David Lewman

Based on the beloved children’s cartoon series, follow SpongeBob SquarePants as he tries to find his missing best friend, Patrick Star, with the help of Squidward.

The deeper they go into the investigation, the more secrets about Patrick are unearthed. 

58. Harley James & the Mystery of the Mayan Kings by Leah Cupps

Follow Harley James, an amateur cryptologist, as she explores the jungle of Tikal in Guatemala.

Upon finding a Mayan statue, it’s then stolen from her room, and she embarks on a journey to find it once again to impress her father. This is the first book in a series of 5 books. 


So, there you have it! There are countless mystery books out there for kids, ranging from complicated fantasy mysteries to silly puzzles.

Hopefully, this list has introduced you to your kid’s new favorite adventure. 

Simon Lewis

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