10 Best Murder Mystery Books for Any Age!

Searching for the best murder mystery books doesn’t stop at a particular age. We know this, so we’ve put together a list of the top titles in this genre – suitable for kids, adults, and everyone in between. Murder Mystery stories are a fun way to use your mind to pick up on clues. Read along with other family members to debate who did it and how!

These best murder mystery books are sure to have you on the edge of your seat as you follow clues and indulge your inner sleuth. Happy reading!

Our list of the best murder mystery books


Best Murder Mystery Books – Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge

1. Evangeline of the Bayou

by Jan Eldredge

This funny and spooky tale follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Evangeline Clement. She’s a haunt huntress apprentice studying folk magic and monster hunting. While Evangeline wants to be seen as a true haunt huntress, she has work to do – like getting called to New Orleans with her grandmother to solve an especially unusual case.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – City Spies by James Ponti

2. City Spies

by James Ponti

When five kids from around the world join together to become spies, they must hone their special skills and break into a new side of espionage. Sara, a hacker, is led to Paris to participate in an international youth summit where her hacking skills are tested and she must fight to stop a villain along with her new team.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mystery Book 1) by Sheila Turnage

3. Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mystery Book 1)

by Sheila Turnage

Moses LoBeau resides in rural North Carolina with the Colonel – a local cafe owner – and Miss Lana – the cafe hostess. She was rescued by the two after washing ashore from a hurricane. When a lawyer comes into town talking about a murder, Moses and her best friend seek out the truth to save the one family Moses has known.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

4. Firekeeper’s Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

This YA Thriller features Daunis Fontaine, eighteen years old and struggling with never having fit into her hometown. She wishes for a new start at college but must put her future on hold when family tragedy occurs. Soon, Daunis is thrust into an FBI investigation she never saw coming.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – If You Find This by Matthew Baker

5. If You Find This

by Matthew Baker

Nicholas is particularly gifted at math and music. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any friends to speak of. When Nicholas learns of a priceless treasure hidden in his town, he’ll make unlikely friendships and rise to the challenge of proving whether or not this treasure is real.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston

6. Jada Sly, Artist & Spy

by Sherri Winston

Jada Sly is a spy in training. She loves to study art, but must take a break to participate in her very first spy adventure. Jada looks all over New York City for her missing mother, who was likely a spy as well. This adventurous and hilarious book will take you on a path of fast-paced fun!

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Best Murder Mystery Books – The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

7. The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

Candice uncovers a letter in her hometown of Lambert, South Carolina. She isn’t sure if she should read it but then opens it up to unfold an entirely unexpected mystery. The letter tells the tale of a local fortune — one that uncovers Lambert’s history, heroes, and even a great love. Will Candice be able to track the treasure down and fulfill the promise of the letter?

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Best Murder Mystery Books – Greyson Gray: Camp Legend by BC Tweedt

8. Greyson Gray: Camp Legend

by BC Tweedt

Greyson Gray finds summer camp to be the perfect opportunity to distract himself from his dad’s recent disappearance. But when he accidentally uncovers a sinister plot taking place at the camp, he’ll enter two very different worlds.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

9. Last in a Long Line of Rebels

by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Lou is fiercely determined to save her Civil War-era home from being condemned. She’ll either need to have it declared a historic landmark or find the treasure that is rumored to be nearby. But as Lou fights for her home, she uncovers more about her town and its past than she ever could have imagined.

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Best Murder Mystery Books – FRAMED! by James Ponti

10. FRAMED!

by James Ponti

Florian Bates can’t help it – when the Director of the FBI texted him for help, he had to step up and save the country. See why School Library Journal said “mystery buffs and fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series are in for a treat.”

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