Calling all true crime fans! Who wants to solve a murder? A fictional murder that is—so you get all the fun of solving a case without having to deal with dead bodies! Unless, you know, your job is to solve real-life murders. In which case, thank you. But for the rest of us, let’s settle for putting on our fictional overcoats and detective hats and crack open a book.
Whether you’re the cozied-up-by-a-fire type of reader or the edge-of-your-seat type of reader, these mysteries are not to be missed. Ready to go sleuthing? Scroll down to see our list of mystery book recommendations!
12 YA Mysteries To Cozy Up With This Winter
1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
What do you get when you combine an elite boarding school, a mysterious death, and an unsolved mystery from the past with shocking similarities? The start of a twisting and surprising mystery you won’t be able to put down! This new novel from Maureen Johnson will have you guessing until the very end as you try to solve these two interwoven mysteries along with Stevie Bell – the witty true-crime enthusiast and boarding school student determined to uncover the truth.
- Read the first two chapters of here!
- See if you have what it takes to solve the mystery!
- Learn more about Truly Devious here!
2. The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Seventeen year old Imogene’s father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother, who left when she was just a baby. She decides 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.
3. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends. After 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.
4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life—sneaking away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
5. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evangeline O’Neill has been shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City in the year 1926—and she is ecstatic. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….
6. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
A classic whodunnit meets high school in this scandalous tale of murder and mystery. When the creator of the high school gossip blog dies a tragic and gruesome death in the middle of detention, it quickly becomes clear this was no accident. The only suspects are the four students with him in detention that fateful afternoon. Each suspect has something to hide – but which one committed the murder?
7. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Five best friends. One ringleader. One sleepover…where she goes missing and their lives change forever. Three years later, Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields have grown apart, but mysterious texts and messages from someone known only as “A” about their past AND present secrets bring them back together. But who is this mysterious “A”? What really happened to Alison, their best friend? And how far are they going to have to go to find out?
8. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. With her friends telling stories that don’t add up, and the cops asking questions no one can answer, there is a ton of pressure on him . As January’s boyfriend, he’s got to know something, right? But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.
9. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides. When a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined.
10. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school—not to be entangled in a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.
What mystery books do you love? Tell us in the comments below!