You’ve just finished watching the latest new episode of BBC’s Sherlock and now you must wait FOREVER for the next season! What are you going to do? How will you possibly survive?!
We feel you, mystery lovers. We can’t make BBC turn out episodes any faster, but here are 11 mysteries you can read while you wait for your beloved Sherlock to return! Murder. Danger. Suspense. Missing persons. Roguishly handsome detectives. No matter what you’re into, there’s a mystery for everyone.
Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth
When Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods, Sonia is lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement. But if it wasn’t him in the woods that night . . . who could it have been?
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Samantha Donaldson joins the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche to uncover the secrets of her father’s disappearance. But before she can unravel his mystery, she’ll have to solve another. She must go deep undercover into the heart of enemy territory to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known only as Velvet. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Sam find Velvet before it’s too late . . . for them both?
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous mystery author, has gone missing. Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother, so it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.
woods that night . . . who could it have been?
Light of Day by Allison Van Diepen
When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a nightclub, she decides to take action. Teaming up with a mysterious stranger known as X, the two go after a gang who is drugging and kidnapping innocent girls off the Miami streets and forcing them into prostitution. As their search deepens, Gabby and X can’t ignore their undeniable attraction to each other. Then Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day?
Blackbird by Anna Carey
You don’t know who you are. But they do.
You wake up on the subway tracks in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. A backpack is at your feet. Inside is a fresh set of clothes, one thousand dollars in cash, a phone number, and the instructions Do not call the police.
As you try to figure out your identity, the questions swirl. What is your name? How did you get here? What is the meaning of the tattoo on your wrist, of a blackbird and the code FNV02198? There is only one thing you know for sure: people are trying to kill you.
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
Nikki Kill sees the world differently: happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. When Peyton Hollis, the ultrarich it-girl at school, is violently attacked with only Nikki’s phone number left in her cell phone, Nikki is suddenly pulled into Peyton’s glittering, fast-paced world as she tries to unravel an unfolding conspiracy. As Nikki gets closer to the dark truth—and to Peyton’s gorgeous older brother—the only thing she can be sure of is death is a deep, pulsing crimson.
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her.
Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money. So with the help of his friend Preston and his girlfriend, Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something, and the cash starts pouring in. When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about it. But then Preston never comes home. And the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead to Preston’s body . . . and point to Max as the killer.
The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer
Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. It wasn’t easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along; it was Grace who didn’t want anything to do with him. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together.
Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. Being back around everyone he used to know makes Adrien question the person he’s become, while being back around Grace makes him feel like someone he doesn’t want to be.
For as much as Adrien wants to move on, someone seems determined to reopen old wounds. And when Adrien starts to suspect that Grace knows more about their parents’ deaths than she let on, he realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal. If Adrien isn’t careful, they may even kill him.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. When Jamie Watson and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends. But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
What other mysteries would you add to this reading list? Share your recommendations with us in the comments below!