Top 5 Mysteries for Younger Readers

Mysteries can be a brilliant genre to read with younger readers, introducing them to the world of detecting, clues and finding truths. As readers get older, the mysteries become more entangled and thrilling but we all need to begin somewhere. As part of the blog tour for A Discovery Disappears, author Pip Murphy has shared her top 5 mysteries for younger readers!

Pip Murphy’s Top 5 Mysteries for Younger Readers

The Castle of Adventure by Enid Blyton

Why is everyone so afraid of the castle on the hill, and what dark secrets lurk inside its walls?
When flashing lights are seen in a distant tower, Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack decide to investigate – and discover a very sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and gloomy underground passages.

The Box of Delights by John Masefield

A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don’t believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone . . .

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn’t seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy.

Carbonel: The King of Cats by Barbara Sleigh

Rosemary’s plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can’t even afford to keep. But appearances can be deceiving. Some old ladies are witches, some brooms can fly, and some ordinary-looking cats are Princes of the Royal Blood. Rosemary’s cat soon enlists her help in an adventure to free him from a hideous spell and return him to his rightful throne. But along the way Rosemary and her friend John must do some clever sleuthing, work a little magic of their own, and–not least–put up with the demands of a very haughty cat

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