Mysteries are also known as detective fiction. They often centre around a crime or puzzle and follow a central character or characters as they conduct their investigation and solve the crime or puzzle. The central characters can be police detectives, private investigators, or amateur sleuths.
The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson (Location: Central Library)
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Cameryn Mahoney uses skills learned as assistant to her coroner father to try to unravel the mystery of a local teacher's gruesome death, while also awaiting a possible reunion with her long-missing mother.
Black rabbit summer by Kevin Brooks (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
When two of sixteen-year-old Pete's childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening--and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.
Dead Connection by Charlie Price (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
A loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her.
Desert Crossing by Elise Broach (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
A summer trip across the New Mexico desert turns nightmarish for fourteen-year-old Lucy, her older brother Jamie, and his best friend Kit, as they become involved in the suspicious death of a young girl.
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.
Fake ID by Walter Sorrells (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
After a lifetime of moving and assuming new identities, sixteen-year-old Chass begins to piece together the disturbing past that haunts her and her mother and which involves a mysterious tape, a deceased popular singer, and the secrets of several people in a small Alabama town.
Into the dark by Peter Abrahams (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes aficionado Ingrid Levin-Hill tries to clear her grandfather's name when he is accused of murdering an environmental activist found dead on his farm.
The law of three: A Sarah Martin mystery by Caroline Rennie Pattison (Location: Central Library)
Sarah Martin isn't the only outsider in her small Muskoka town. But when she's teamed up with Byron Hopper for a geometry project, she discovers that she's had an easier time being accepted in her new town than some long-time residents. Byron's family has long been the subject of rumours. Some say that they are a mob family, some say they are part of a witness relocation program, some say they are just plain weird. But the most sinister rumour surrounds Byron's sister, Garnet, who many believed committed murder.
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
When her favorite purse is stolen during a rock concert, Lulu Dark and her friends discover a twisted mystery involving a rock star, a rich socialite, and a serious case of mistaken identity.
Mystery at Saddle Creek by Shelley Peterson (Location: Central Library)
A few months have passed since Bird regained her voice, and life around Saddle Creek Farm has settled into a nice, normal routine of school, riding and fun. Normal, that is, until a neighbourhood woman is brutally attacked on a local sideroad. When the police don't act fast enough, the situation goes from bad to worse, with neighbour accusing neighbour and a bent-on-revenge vigilante group springing up to take matters into their own hands. Although she starts by observing the fuss from the sidelines, Bird quickly finds herself embroiled in the mystery itself.
A mystery for Thoreau by Kin Platt (Location: Richvale Library)
In 1846 Concord, Massachusetts, sixteen-year-old Oliver Puckle, a reporter for his uncle's newspaper, investigates a woman's murder, aided by the tracking skills of his Algonquin friend, Charley Bigbow, and the deductive skills of Henry David Thoreau.
The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
After moving with her parents to a remote English island, fourteen-year-old Jess attempts to dispel an ancient curse by solving a series of riddles, aided by Epsilon, a supernatural being.
The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand (Location: Central Library)
Teenager Ronnie's life is transformed by the murder of a ten-year-old neighbor for whom she babysat, and who had helped Ronnie adjust to living at a country inn on the banks of the Santiam River in Hoodoo, Oregon.
Searching for Yesterday by Valerie Sherrard (Location: Richvale Library)
Annie Berkley, a schoolmate of Shelby's, lives in a foster home and has become depressed. Shelby is concerned and eventually wins over Annie's trust in order to find out what's bothering her.
Test by William Sleator (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
In the security-obsessed, elitist United States of the near future, where a standardized test determines each person's entire life, a powerful man runs a corrupt empire until seventeen-year-old Ann and other students take the lead in boycotting the test.