Mysteries, sleuthing and solving crimes are top choices for reading fun, regardless of what age you are! Young readers are spoiled for choice with new mysteries to solve, sleuths to meet and clues to figure out. The stories highlighted below are all fantastically written, drawing the reader into each mystery and problem, begging for help as the clues begin to fall into place. It is hard, even as a adult, to let the story unfold without a few guesses as to “whodunit”.
McLaren, Waves of Mystery by Helen Castles, published by New Frontier
Scoop McLaren, Detective Editor of Click is back for another mystery, where she both solves the crime and reports on all the action. Scoop and Evie are enjoying the summer holiday and the upcoming surfing competition, in which friend Fletcher is competing. However, strange things are happening in town and there is something very wrong when an uncoordinated surfer beats Fletcher. Not one to miss a beat, Scoop is on to another aspect of this mystery. With rumours of a town curse and strange events happening, are these linked or is there more at stake? You can count on Scoop to figure it all out! Zinnia Jakes, The Tumbling Tortoises by Brenda Gurr,
published by New Frontier
Zinnia Jakes, aka Zoe, must hide her baking prowess and keep her hidden identity a secret. In each delightful book, Zoe and BFF Addie, along with brilliantly magical cat Coco, must bake an impressive display for an event. The baking part is easy but delivering the treats is always tricky as no one can see who Zinnia Jakes really is- no one would believe it was a young girl! When Zinnia Jakes is chosen to bake for the zoo fundraiser, Zoe is thrilled until she learns her whole class will be there and that Polly is acting suspicious! Muddlemoor Mysteries, Peril at the Bake Off by Ruth Quayle,
published by Andersen Press
Joe is staying with Granny and his cousins in Muddlemoor for the summer holidays. The trio love exploring the village and learning about who their neighbours are. When the Great Village Bake Off is announced, everyone becomes secretive and furtive. Granny plans to bake an old family recipe but when it goes missing, the trio decide it is up to them to find the thief! With plenty of characters in the village, they will need their skills to whittle it down. Will it be in time to save Granny’s cake and the Bake Off? Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew MacDonald and Ben Wood, published
A team of crime fighting pigeons take on three cases in this first of a new series! “Crime fighting has never been so coo”! Using their super strengths and crime solving skills, this team will figure out who is behind the missing breadcrumbs, the disappearances of the bats and the danger of the food truck fair. With plenty of hilarious one liners, epic illustrations and lots of breadcrumbs, these are the new super sleuths to watch out for! No one suspects pigeons to be so good at crime fighting! Mina Mistry Investigates, The Case of the Disgusting School Dinners by Angie Lake, published by Sweet Cherry
Mina Mistry is a determined young sleuth. She is on her first case, with Mr Panda, and they are sure something fishy is happening with the school dinners. When the meals take a turn for the unhealthy, and kids start developing tooth aches, Mina knows she is on to something! Someone is making the kids get toothaches on purpose! But who and why? Leave it to Mina, she is sure to discover the culprit! Mina Mistry Investigates, The Case of the Disappearing Pets by Angie Lake,
published by Sweet Cherry
Mina is back for another mystery after her success solving The Case of the Disgusting School Dinners. This time some pets have gone missing and it is up to Mina and Mr Panda to figure it all out. Inadvertently helped by best friend, Holly, Mina must put the clues together and determine who is behind the pet store robberies as well as Holly’s hamster. Could it be the new makeup factory testing on animals or Holly’s mum and her animal rights group?
We’re Moving Where? By Glen Blackwell