Mystery and Mayhem!

Who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery? How about a mystery with puzzles, riddles, and all sorts of games? There are so many takes on the mystery genre, but here are some puzzling, baffling, riddle-filled mysteries that will keep you guessing and turning the page!

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily’s hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett
When thirteen high-value pieces of art are stolen from a secret museum, Calder, Petra, and Tommy are grouped with two new companions to solve puzzles that are complicated by the clever Mrs. Sharpe.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were just about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

And for some at-home mystery fun, try your hand at making your own spy decoder! Make some riddles and stump your friends and family!  Directions courtesy of Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

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