I, the biggest mystery fan of them all, took it upon myself to create a master list of my top 50 mystery reads and a summary sentence. I hope you find a new book or two to enjoy !
1: The Naturals, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals is a 4 book long series about a group of 5 gifted teenagers who work for the FBI and solve cases.
2: Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious is a trilogy about Stevie Bell, a student trying to solve the Ellingham Affair– murders that took place at the Ellingham Academy back in the 1930s.
3: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson
Good girl Pippa decides to investigate into a local five year old case in order to prove the guilty party innocent for a school project.
4: Four Dead Queens, Astrid Schotle
Keralie is a thief and scavenger who somehow becomes entangled in a conspiracy to kill the four ruling queens.
5: All Fall Down, Ally Carter
Grace Blakely watched her mother die in a fire. She claims it was murder, but nobody believes her until she spots the man who murdered her mother and is set on proving him guilty.
6: The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
The last thing Rory expected from her new posh boarding school was a Jack the Ripper copycat terrorizing the school and surrounding area. She also didn’t expect to be one of the only people who could see the murderer…
7: The Lovely and the Lost, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
When a little girl gets lost in the Sierra Glades National Park, Kira and her family’s search and rescue team get sent in to find the girl, but what if the young girl didn’t just wander off? What if something more sinister is at hand?
8: Jackaby, William Ritter
A serial killer is on the loose in New Fiddleham, New England in 1892, but R. F Jackaby and Abigail Rook are not so sure the culprit is a natural being…
9: Charlotte Holmes, Brittany Cavallaro
The descendants of Holmes and Watson, Charlotte and Jamie, meet at an esteemed boarding school. It doesn’t take long until a student dies under mysterious circumstances and Jamie and Charlotte are framed.
10: One of us is Lying, Karen McManus
Five students walk into detention and only four walk out, but his death was not an accident.
11: The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson
At a school where students make chalk drawings come to life, students began getting kidnapped from their dorm rooms, leaving only a trail of blood behind.
12: When, Victoria Laurie
Maddie is able to see the date that everyone will die on. She tells a family that their son will die soon, so when the boy vanishes, she’s a top suspect in the disappearance.
13: The Body Finder, Kimberly Derting
Violet is able to sense the bodies of those murdered and can see imprints on the killers. As a serial killer begins terrorizing her small town, she realizes maybe she is the only one who can stop them.
14: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco
Audrey Rose is fascinated by forensic medicine and often assists her uncle in the line of work. But when a victim from a new serial killer surfaces, Audrey Rose might just get drawn into the mayhem.
15: Ace of Shades, Amanda Foody
Enne was raised as a proper lady, but when her mother goes missing she’ll have to make the journey to New Reynes, the city of sin, in order to find her.
16: Lockwood and Co, Jonathan Stroud
This 5 book series takes place in a world where both ghosts and death by ghosts is common. Three ghost killing agents must solve the mysteries of hauntings in a politically corrupt London.
17: This is Our Story, Ashley Elston
Five rich, preppy boys went hunting together one Saturday morning, but only four came back.
18: I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga
Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer, and as bodies start piling up again, he works with the police to help solve the case.
19: Every Other Day, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every other day Kali is a demon hunter, on the other days she’s just a normal teenage girl. But she notices a demon marking the popular girl at school for death. The problem? It’s the wrong day.
20: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
Trouble went down on a privately owned island, but Cadence Sinclair can’t seem to remember anything that happened.
21: The Blackthorn Key, Kevin Sands
A mysterious cult begins preying on London’s apothecaries, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake– including the apprentice Christopher’s master.
22: The Amateurs, Sara Shepard
Five years ago Helena disappeared from her backyard, amateur investigator Seneca spends her spring break trying to solve the cold case.
23: Warcross, Marie Lu
Emika Chen is a hacker and bounty hunter hired by Hideo, the founder of Warcross (a virtual reality game that is globally loved and played) to discover who is hacking and disrupting the Warcross championships.
24: Sadie, Courtney Summers
Sadie’s sister, Mattie, is found dead, the killer roaming free, uncaught. Sadie takes it upon herself to hunt down the killer and make him pay for what he did to Mattie and herself.
25: The Perfect Candidate, Peter Stone
Recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship in D.C, but did not expect to get thrown into a political conspiracy after a brief mentor and staff member suddenly winds up dead.
26: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery Grambs suddenly inherits a dead billionaire’s entire fortune for reasons nobody knows.
27: Killing November, Adriana Mather
November Adley is whisked away to a secret boarding school training the elite members of a group that is covertly running the world. However, someone wants her dead for reasons she cannot figure out.
28: People Like Us, Dana Mele
Kay Donovan gets caught in the crosshairs of a murder investigation for the body of a girl she and her friends found in a lake.
29: House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig
A retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, Annaleigh’s sisters keep dying, one after the other. After the fourth sister plummets off a cliff to her death, Annaleigh begins to suspect someone is behind these deaths and takes it upon herself to investigate.
30: Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn
Jamie Henry was relieved when 2 years ago his crazy sister was sent to juvie for burning down their neighbor’s horse barn, but when his sister gets out of jail, she’s determined to let him know that she isn’t the crazy one.
31: A Spy in the House, Y.S Lee
A young orphan is rescued from the gallows and given shelter at an academy– except it’s not your regular school. It’s a cover for the all girls investigative unit called The Agency.
32: The Diviners, Libba Bray
A supernatural mystery set in Manhattan during the 1920s follows heroine Evie as she moves to New York to stay with her uncle who runs an occult museum, but something dark and evil has awakened and is prepping to bring mass destruction.
33: The Fixer, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her sister Ivy in D.C– but Ivy isn’t any old resident. She’s a fixer, someone who can make any politician’s problems go away, for a price. It isn’t long until Tess finds herself entangled in a political conspiracy.
34: Scarlett Undercover, Jennifer Latham
Scarlett is a amateur crime solver, and when a case she’s working on begins to unfold, she realizes her own family might be more involved than she thinks, and she might just solve the murder of her father.
35: Lock and Mori, Heather Petty
Two high school students start a competition to solve a murder, but it might just strike closer to home than expected.
36: City of Saints and Thieves, Natalie C. Anderson
Tina’s mother gets murdered by a corrupt business man she worked for, and Tina decides to spend the next 4 years of her life preparing for revenge against him, but what if he wasn’t actually the one behind the murder?
37: Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson
Monday is missing, but Claudia seems to be the only one that notices and so Claudia does the only thing she can: looks into the strange and sudden disapearance.
38: The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney
15 year old Janie Johnson recognized her face on the side of a the milk carton, identifying herself as a missing person who was kidnapped 12 years ago. But how could that be?
39: Dread Nation, Justina Ireland
Jane was born 2 days before the dead started walking, but that’s the least of her problems. Now grown, Jane finds herself caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one where she finds herself facing very powerful enemies on both sides.
40: The Similars, Rebecca Hanover
6 identical clones appear at Emma’s boarding school. But when her best friend Oliver– who died over the summer– has an identical clone named Levi, she wants nothing to do with the 6 of them, yet she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their friend group and discovers secrets she doesn’t want to know.
41: The Deceivers, Kristen Simmons
Brynn hasn’t had an easy life, she’s had to lie and steal her way threw it. So she jumps at the opportunity to attend Vale Hall, a school where they are trained to lie and expose corrupt politicians and other similar kinds of people. But Brynn’s first job doesn’t go as smooth as she hoped, and Vale Hall isn’t as pretty as it seems…
42: Desert Dark, Sonja Stone
Nadia is given the opportunity to train at Desert Mountain, an elite covert school training it’s students for a life in the Black Ops, but she quickly becomes accused of being a traitor roaming the grounds…
43: Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart
44: Heist Society, Ally Carter
Kat Bishop needs to find and return five priceless paintings to a dangerous man who thinks her father is behind the theft of them. But she and her teenage crew don’t know where they are, or how to get them back.
45: I Woke Up Dead at the Mall, Judy Sheeran
16 year old Sarah wakes up in the afterlife after being murdered by her step mom, except she can’t move on until she finishes her business and proves that her step mom is behind her death.
46: Girl’s With Sharp Sticks, Suzanne Young
The Girls of Innovation Academy are perfect, but Mena soon begins to realize that her carefully controlled life isn’t as perfect as it appears.
47: Horrid, Katrina Leno
Jane suddenly moves across the country to her mother’s childhood home after her father’s passing, but strange occurrences begin happening and it might just end with someone dead.
48: Caraval, Stephanine Garber
49: Winterwood, Shea Ernshaw
Nora and Oliver are both hiding secrets when Nora finds Oliver in the woods. He should be dead, but instead he has no memory of the weeks he has been missing.
50: Shadowlands, Kate Brian
Rory Miller survived when serial killer Steven Nell attacked her. Now in witness protection program and in a new, picturesque town, a friend goes missing and nothing in Juniper Landing is as it seems.