I love a good mystery. I like mysteries where the author leaves a trail of breadcrumbs along the way to the reader to solve it and I like mysteries that keep me guessing until the very last page. I like murder mysteries, treasure mysteries, mysteries with cats, long mysteries, short mysteries – I love it all! This month in our Fiction Addiction book club for teens, we are reading mystery books and then playing a LIFE-SIZE game of Clue – where everyone is a suspect. So, if you are a teen ages 12-18, grab a good mystery, register HERE, and join us on Tuesday, February 22. If you are not sure what to read, check out one of the books below.
One of Us is Lying has spent more than 200 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller List. Entertainment Weekly calls it “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club.” It is a book about 5 students who walk into detention one afternoon, but only 4 come out of the room alive. The four different characters tell the story of the death of their classmate, the school gossip, that happened right in front of them, and the investigation in days that follow. The killer was evident to me right away, but I appreciated listening to each person unfold their experiences and answer the other questions that came up in the investigation like why and how. I listened to this as an audiobook on Libby and I really enjoyed the way that the audiobook used 4 different actors to tell what developed. The follow-up to this book is One of Us is Next which travels back to Bayview High a year later with new danger and mystery.
Truly Devious is the book that I picked to read for our Fiction Addiction Book club this month. I liked it so much that I have binge-read the next book in the series and I’m halfway through the third. It is a mystery within a mystery set at Ellingham Academy, a school for out of the ordinary students in the mountains of Vermont. The author weaves together the unsolved kidnapping of the founder’s family and the death of a student in the 1930s with the present-day student, Stevie Bell, who has researched and read everything about the Ellingham family with the hope of finally solving the case. Stevie gets side-tracked when one of her housemates dies and another goes missing. It will take more digging into the past to solve the mysteries of the present. Make sure to put Vanishing Stair and Hand on the Wall on your list to read right after this thrilling book.
The Inheritance Games is another New York Times Best Selling book that is a riddle-filled carnival ride from the beginning to the end. Billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies leaving almost his entire fortune to Avery Grambs and very little to his own family. There’s only one problem, Avery has no idea who he is. Well, two problems, in order to get the fortune Avery has to live in Hawthorne’s mansion for a year with his family who have just been cut out of the will. She is instantly plunged into a world that is far different from what she is used to and soon learns that Tobias Hawthorne’s love of puzzles, riddles, and code has carried on, even after his death. When I finished this book I tore through the second book, The Hawthorne Legacy, and I am anxiously awaiting the third book, The Final Gambit, to release in August.
Fire Keeper’s Daughter is the only book featured here that I haven’t read yet, but after winning this year’s Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, among many other awards, it has risen to the top of my list.
From the Publisher: Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team.
Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.
You can find more mystery recommendations this month on our Teen Page at ofpl.info/teens.
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