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A list of recommended mystery books

Preschool and Early Elementary Grades

image Base, Graeme. The eleventh hour: a curious mystery.
When Horace, the elephant, celebrates his eleventh birthday with eleven games, a mystery will be revealed at the eleventh hour. Can you guess?
P BASE
image Cushman, Doug. Mystery at the Club Sandwich.
Elephant Detective Nick Trunk is on the case of Lola Gale's missing marbles.
P CUSHMAN
image Geisert, Arthur. Mystery.
Readers can help a little piglet solve mysteries at the art museum.
P GEISERT
image Hobbs, Leigh. Old Tom: man of mystery.
Wacky art adds to the silliness as "Old Tom" tries to evade household chores.
P HOBBS
image Kelly, John, & Tincknell, Cathy. The mystery of Eatum Hall.
Greedy Glenda and Horace Pork-Fowler are too gullible to notice the clues children can spot to warn of the dangers in an invitation from Dr. A. Hunter.
P KELLY
image Latta, Sara. Stella Brite and the dark matter mystery.
Stella solves a science mystery joining the astronomy club in researching the problem of invisible dark matter in the universe.
P LATTA
image Marzollo, Jean. I spy mystery: a book of picture riddles.
Like others in the I Spy series, rhyming text leads readers to find objects in photographs, with bonus mysteries on the back pages.
P MARZOLLO
image McClements, George. Jake Gander, Storyville Detective: the case of the Greedy Granny.
Red R. Hood has suspicions about her grandmother's fur pajamas. We've heard it all before, but never like this!
P MCCLEMENTS
image Nash, Scott. Tuff Fluff: the case of Duckie's missing brain.
In the style of Philip Marlowe, a bunny rabbit P.I. investigates a washcloth duck's missing brain.
P NASH
image Peterson, Doug. Sheerluck Holmes and the Hounds of Baker Street.
Crime detection by Veggie Tales uncovers better ways to treat friends.
P PETERSON
image Pinkwater, Daniel. Bad Bear Detectives: an Irving & Muktuk story.
Polar bears in trenchcoats appear in this sequel to The Big Hibernation and The Maltese Muffin.
P PINKWATER
image Rash, Andy. Agent A to Agent Z.
A spy alphabet!
P RASH
image Yolen, Jane. Piggins.
The lights go out at the dinner party, but surely it wasn't Piggins, the butler, who stole the diamond necklace?
P YOLEN

Beginning Readers & Chapter Books

image Adler, David A. Cam Jansen: the summer camp mysteries.
Cam and her photographic memory help solve three mysteries in this book from a prolific series.
EJ ADLER
image Clifford, Eth. Flatfoot Fox and the case of the nosy otter.
Chatterbox Otter asks Flatfoot to help find her missing son.
EJ CLIFFORD
image Hanel, Wolfram. Mary and the mystery dog.
Mary and her parents meet a friendly dog when they go to the beach for a week.
EJ HANEL
image Keene, Carolyn. The day camp disaster.
Nancy, Bess, and George try to figure out who is ruining their craft projects at daycamp.
EJ KEENE
image Lewis, Beverly. Mystery mutt.
After Jason discovers a homeless dog on his doorstep, he changes his mind about the Cul-de-sac kids' decision to practice a Fruit of the Spirit.
EJ LEWIS
image Peterson, Doug. The couch potato caper.
Bob and Larry rescue Laura Carrot from the couch potatoes who have invaded her room.
EJ PETERSON
image Roy, Ron. The panda puzzle.
"P is for panda" and pandemonium when a baby panda is stolen in Green Lawn.
EJ ROY
image Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman, & Mitchell. Nate the Great and the big sniff.
Nate follows clues to find his dog, Sludge, in a department store.
EJ SHARMAT
image Smith, Penny. Animal hide and seek.
Brilliant photographs illustrate camouflage and other methods of hiding in the wild.
EJ SMITH