This genre is defined by often having a mystery or crime to be solved.


The Amateurs

By: Sara Shepard

YAF Shepard

“Four teens who met on an online cold-case solving forum attempt to solve another teen’s murder” — Provided by publisher.


The Astrologer’s Daughter

By: Rebecca Lim


When her mother, astrologer with uncanny predictive powers, goes missing, Avicenna Crowe finds an ally in Simon Thorn and uncovers a link to a cold-case.


Behind the Curtain: an Echo Falls Mystery

By: Peter Abrahams
YAPB Abrahams

Things are a little off at home… Her father’s job is threatened, her brother is acting strange, and her beloved soccer coach is suddenly replaced.  An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, 8th grader Ingrid Levin-Hill decides to find out what is really going on in Echo Falls, but is kidnapped while investigating!  Will anyone believe her story?



Confessions of a Murder Suspect

By: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
YAF Patterson

You wouldn’t even dream of killing your parents, would you?  Tandy is super smart, and magnificently wealthy, but she has secrets.  Tandy and her brothers are suspected in their parents murder.  She is the product of her parents impossible demands, but even so Tandy decides she must clear her family name… no matter what!


The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

By: Josh Berk
YA Fic Berk

When Will Halpin transfers from an all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school he faces discrimination and bullying.  Travel with him as he crawls around an abandoned mine, looking to solve the mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.


Don’t Look Behind You

By: Lois Duncan
YABP Duncan

She is popular, she has a hot boyfriend, tennis lessons, and an upcoming prom.  Seventeen-year-old April finds her comfortable life changed forever when her father’s testimony helps to convict a dangerous drug dealer.  Suddenly, her whole family is threatened and forced into hiding under assumed names.  When a few errors in judgement on her part result in a violent death, April must face the truth that she will never see her boyfriend or friends again.  She can not go home, and if they find her they will KILL her.  Her entire way of life must change – not just her name.


Down the Rabbit Hole

By: Peter Abrahams

YAF Abrahams

Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her hometown of Echo Falls.


Far from You

By: Tess Sharpe

YAF Sharpe

“After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death”– Provided by the publisher.


Genuine Fraud

By: E. Lockhart

YAF Lockhart

Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.


Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake

By: Jennifer Allison
YA Fic Allison

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls’ high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.


Hangman’s Curse

By: Frank Peretti

Veritas… Latin for TRUTH.  They are known in certain secret circles as the Veritas Project Team … but only a select few know who they really are.  Teenage twins Elijah and Elisha Springfield, along with their parents, have been secretly asked by the President to investigate strange mysteries, crimes, and other unusual events.  They must find out not only what happened, but the all important WHY of things.  When several students at Baker High School are stricken by an alleged curse of the school’s ghost, Elijah and Elisha are sent to uncover the truth behind the events.


The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore

By: Joan Lowery Nixon
YAPB Nixon

Stepping out of her car in the driveway, A teenage girl is kidnapped. When she wakes up she is on a narrow cot in a chilly basement. Her kidnappers are holding her for ransom. But will her family pay? Christina soon discovers they are convinced that she is an accomplice in her own kidnapping! Christina is on her own to prove her innocence.


Killer Instinct 

By: S. E. Green

YAF Green

When seventeen-year-old Lane becomes involved in the search for a serial killer active in the Washington, D.C. area, she worries that her life-long fascination with such murderers has a very real and terrible cause.


The Mystery of Hollow Places

By: Rebecca Podos

YAF Podos

A mystery writer’s daughter sets out to find her missing father and, along the way, begins to understand the loneliness that had gripped them both since her mother abandoned them years before.


The Name of the Star

By: Maureen Johnson

YAF Johnson

Rory, of Bouexlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnessess a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.


The Night Children

By: Kit Reed

Inside the biggest mall in the world live the night children.  Runaways, abandoned kids, kids who get lost and are never found, who only come out at night when the shoppers are gone.  When Jule visits the mall after the disappearance of her aunt, she becomes a pawn in the war between two gangs of night children.  What the children don’t realize is that the owner of the mall has a plan for them… an extermination plan!  They all must learn to band together if they are going to survive!


Paper Towns

By: John Green

YAPB Green

High school senior Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then disappears.


Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

By: Lynn Weingarten

YAPB Weingarten

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed, but June does not believe it was a suicide because she and Delia used to be closer than anything, but one night a year ago, everything changed when they and June’s boyfriend Ryan let their good time get out of hand, and now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.


The Rag and Bone Shop: a novel

By: Robert Cormier
YAPB Cormier

Introverted twelve year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of his seven year old friend.  The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets his confession… but is it true?  This book examines what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a crusade for victory at any cost.


The Ruby in the Smoke; a Sally Lockhart Mystery

By: Philip Pullman

Her father is mysteriously killed, and Sally is trying to figure out where her future will take her.  When she first utters the words “Beware the seven blessings…” sixteen year old Sally doesn’t know their meaning, but her father’s employee must have some idea as he drops dead in fright!   This begins Sally’s terrifying trip through the underworld of Victorian London.  She is pursued by villains and cutthroats at every turn, but learns she is the key to two dark mysteries.  It may be worth her very life to find out why.


 Truly Devious

By: Maureen Johnson

YAF Johnson

When Stevie Bell, an amateur detective, begins her first year at a famous private school in Vermont, she sets a plan to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder’s wife and daughter shortly after the school opened.


We Were Liars

By: E. Lockhart

YAF Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.