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Sulfur Heart

by Brooke Carter
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: crime, contemporary, mysteries & detective stories, violence

Will’s father was just found dead in a pile of sulfur.

He was a retired cop who'd been working as a night security guard at the SulCorp sulfur mill. Now, to determine if his death was a tragic accident or something more sinister, Will must return to the place he swore he'd never set foot in again. Hope is a little town struggling in the shadow of …

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Cold

by Mariko Tamaki
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

A boy, a murder, a girl, a secret. From award-winning author Mariko Tamaki comes Cold, a haunting YA novel about a shocking crime, told by a boy who died—and a girl who wants to know why.
Who was Todd Mayer, and why don't any of his fellow students at Albright Academy seem to know, or want to say, anything about him?
Todd Mayer is dead. Now a gh …

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The Red Palace

by June Hur
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

June Hur, critically acclaimed author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, returns with The Red Palace—a third evocative, atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco.
To enter the palace means to walk a path stained in blood...
Joseon (Korea), 1758. There are few options available t …

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Magic Dark and Strange

by Kelly Powell
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: death & dying, mysteries & detective stories

The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.

Catherine Daly has an unusual talent. By day she works for a printer. But by night, she awakens the dead for a few precious moments with …

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I Hope You're Listening

by Tom Ryan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, lgbt, mysteries & detective stories

2021 Lambda Literary Award - LGBTQ Mystery
2022 ALA Rainbow Book List

In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia "Dee" Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn't enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, …

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Coffee Shop Between the Verses

by Éric Desmarais
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, paranormal, occult & supernatural, short stories

Jackie sometimes likes to have conversations with the characters, and as he reads five novellas in the small Ontario town of Baker...

In The Ridiculous Adventures of Felix Felicitous, the grumpy Felix is thrown into an adventure through time, despite his protestations.

In Only Human, Rachel has accidentally signed up for the University of Monsters. …

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Crime Club

by Melodie Campbell
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, black comedy, law & crime

Sixteen-year-old Penny Capelli has moved with her mom and huge dog, Ollie, to live above a small-town pub owned by her aunt.

It's a relief to start over in a place where no one knows Penny's father is in prison. It's summer and the only person she knows is her nerdy cousin, Simon. Soon she meets Simon's best friend, Brent, and Brent's twin sister, …

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The Silver Blonde

by Elizabeth Ross
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: 20th century, europe, mysteries & detective stories

For fans of Ruta Septys and Monica Hesse comes a lush historical mystery set in post-World War II America against the flashy backdrop of Hollywood's film studios about a shocking murder that threatens to unearth the ghosts of a young German immigrant's past.

Hollywood, 1946. The war is over, and eighteen-year-old Clara Berg spends her days shelving …

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The Forest of Stolen Girls

by June Hur
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur's The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.
1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani's family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.
Years la …

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