7 brilliant mystery books to keep you guessing

Published on: 09 May 2019 Author: Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a brilliantly entertaining new mystery for teens from author Holly Jackson - but which other thrillers does she enjoy? We asked her to suggest some top titles...

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1. High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

A fun new twist on the whodunnit story, with a great detective duo at its heart – you'll fall in love with Nik and Norva.

Read our review of High-Rise Mystery

2. The Taylor and Rose series by Katherine Woodfine

This new series continues the story of the two main characters, Sophie Taylor and Lil Rose, from Katherine Woodfine's bestselling The Sinclair's Mysteries. The seasoned detectives now find themselves stepping into the world of international espionage...

Read our review of Peril in Paris

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Illustration: Karl James Mountford

3. The Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are perhaps the most accomplished sleuths of middle-grade murder, with an eighth book in the series out this year. Set in a school during the 1930s, this series is full of intrigue, clues, a secret detective society and a whole lot of fun.

Read our review of Murder Most Unladylike

4. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

A blast from the past but Artemis Fowl will soon be everywhere again, thanks to the upcoming film. Join teenage genius and criminal mastermind, Artemis, on his thrilling adventures with a magical twist.

Read our review of Artemis Fowl

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Illustration: Goni Montes

5. The Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz

A high-octane thriller series with a teenage James Bond figure at the helm. Spies and gadgets - what more could you want? Plus, there are 12 books in the series, which means plenty of adventures to get stuck into.

Read our review of Stormbreaker

6. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

A thriller series with a horror twist. The zombie apocalypse has arrived, and only children under the age of 14 have survived. Join them as they fight to survive this terrifying and strange new world.

Read our review of The Enemy

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7. And for older readers... One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The thriller of all thrillers. Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out. A school-based murder mystery where the narrators are the ones under suspicion. An absolute page-turner with hints of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl turned deadly.

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