Wrap-Up Wednesday: Middle Grade Mysteries

Admittedly, curling up with a good mystery on a hot summer morning isn’t quite as good as a cold winter’s night, but you won’t want to wait another four months to read these whodunits.

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan.  Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Nell Warne’s only living relative left is her Aunt Kate, but Kate’s too busy with her job as the first woman private eye at the Pinkerton Detective Agency to have much time for an 11-year-old orphan.  Can Nell prove herself enough of a sleuth to win over her aunt?

Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes, illustrated by James K. Hindle.  Published by Roaring Brook Press.

When siblings Josie and Fox discover an old Polaroid camera that creates pictures with a ghost in them, they know they have a mystery on their hands.  Little do they know that the ghost will lead them to the evil Mothman, whose presence is said to portend disaster, and who starts to make appearances in their town.

Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson.  Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Agatha Christie meets Roald Dahl in this Victorian-era thriller featuring amateur detective Tabitha Crum.  When Tabitha and five other children are invited to a mysterious countess’s estate, they think they may be there to inherit a fortune.  One by one, the children begin to vanish, and it’s up to Tabitha to figure out where they are before it’s too late.

The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton.  Published by Albert Whitman & Company.

Kelsey, Becca, and Leo happen to be in the same alley at the same time…and they discover three kittens in a dumpster.  They decide to form the Curious Cat Spy Club to solve the mystery of where the kittens came from, ultimately uncovering a pet-napping ring right in their own neighborhood.

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