Dying for a Great Mystery?
August 09, 2011
Summer vacation may be drawing to a close, but we haven't seen the end of those high temperatures yet. Still searching for a way to stay cool? Settle down with one of the chilling mysteries from the new teen display at the Blue Springs North Branch, and feel the blood in your veins turn to ice! Whether you prefer your villains with monocles or chainsaws, you will find something to your liking from the wide variety available from MCPL. To get you started, I've included a list of my top picks from a handful of the teen mystery sub-genres.
Classic Mystery: The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, V. 1-3 by Arthur Conan Doyle
Forensic Mystery: The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson
Supernatural Mystery: Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Stolarz
Historical Mystery: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Paranormal Mystery: Ruined by Paula Morris
Best Adult Mystery for Teens: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Psychological Thriller: The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
Noir: You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Series: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Debut Novel: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Nonfiction Crime: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Biography: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
Top Pick For Boys: Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
Top Pick For Girls: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Crime Drama: AMC's show The Killing has been incredibly popular this year. For something similar, try Carol Plum-Ucci's The Night My Sister Went Missing.
As a side note, I love to check out the Edgar Awards anytime I need to track down a good whodunit. Largely considered to be one of the most prestigious mystery awards, they also have a category for young adult novels. For a complete list of current and previous winners, visit their website at www.theedgars.com.
Also, be sure to come in to the Blue Springs North Branch and visit our new display through the month of August for more great titles! Not seeing any of your favorites listed? Give us the title of your #1 mystery - we're always dying to hear from you:)
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