Great Halloween BOOks: Mystery is Afoot

Grab your magnifying class, dust off your deerstalker cap and pipe, it’s time to bring out your inner sleuth. I love nothing more than discovering the clues of a great mystery story and trying to find out who did it. So come along to catch a hotel thief, discover which tenant of Sunset Towers killed a millionaire, and learn who wants to murder the most annoying girl in school in these mystery books.

Great Halloween BOOks-Mystery books

The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie

Anything written by Agatha Christie is absolutely brilliant, but I love The Tuesday Club Murders because it provides several different mysteries in one book. A group of friends gather together every Tuesday to discuss real-life crimes and try to solve them. None of them expect to hear the brilliant deductions of an old spinster, Miss Marple.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen

Grams always told Sammy that those binoculars would get her into trouble, and trouble certainly finds Sammy when she sees a thief at the hotel across the street . . . and then waves at him. As if Sammy didn’t have enough problems trying to secretly live at Grams’ senior-only apartment building, let alone start middle school, but she soon gets dragged into the case being investigated by her least-favorite police officer.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Sam Westing. Millionaire. Lover of games. And now a dead man. But the tenants of Sunset Towers get a shock when Sam Westing’s will declares that one of them is his murderer.  Now the tenants, working in pairs, must examine the clues Sam Westing left them in order to solve the mystery of his death and inherit his vast fortune.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

The young women at St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls were just beginning supper when their headmistress and her brother fall over dead. The girls don’t know how they died (or who was responsible), but they do know one thing: they don’t want to return home or be shipped off to another boarding school. So they devise a plan for independence; they simply won’t tell anyone that their headmistress is dead and will continue to live at St. Etheldreda’s on their own. Then the doorbell rings.

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

Bindy Mackenzie believes she is the smartest person at school. Her classmates believe she is the most annoying person at school. But is Bindy so annoying that someone would want to kill her? Bindy doesn’t think so, even though she’s been feeling (and acting) strange lately. It’s up to her classmates to find the clues in all of Bindy’s essays, emails, and notes before it is too late.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

He is a genius who sees the clues no one else notices. He is a detective extraordinaire. He is Sherlock Holmes. Come join this world-famous sleuth along with his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, as they solve some of their toughest cases yet, from “A Scandal in Bohemia” to “The Five Orange Pips” to “The Speckled Band.”

Do you know any more great mystery books? If so, then share them in the comments below. Also keep an eye out for my post tomorrow where I will recommend some great books with vampires.

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