Ah the lure of a mystery, the fascination with the unknown
and the adrenalin rush of discovering the truth regardless
of the risk. Danger?? What danger?!

Down the rabbit hole
by Peter Abrahams (2005)
First book in the Echo Falls series
Over sea, under stone
by Susan Cooper (1965)
First book in the Dark is rising series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
by Jenny Nimmo (2002)
First book in the Children of the Red King series

by Louis Sachar (1998)
First book in the Holes series

The invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick (2007)

The murderer's ape
by Jakob Wegelius (2014)

Gilda Joyce - Investigator
by Jennifer Allison (2005)
First book in the Gilda Joyce series

Black cats and butlers
by Janine Beacham (2017)
First book in the Rose Raventhorpe investigates series

The curse of the blue figurine
by John Bellairs (1983)
First book in the Johnny Dixon series
Shakespeare's secret
by Elise Broach (2005)
The fairy-tale detectives
by Michael Buckley (2005)
First book in the Sisters Grimm series

by Grace Cavendish (2004)
First book in the Lady Grace series

The chicken dance
by Jacques Couvillon (2007)

Jimmy Coates: Killer
by Joe Craig (2005)
First book in the Jimmy Coates series

The London Eye mystery
by Siobhan Dowd (2007)
Small change for Stuart
by Lissa Evans (2011)
First book in the Stuart series

Charlotte sometimes
by Penelope Farmer (1969)
Third book in the Aviary Hall series
Can be read & loved without having read any previous books in this series

by Cornelia Funke (2003)
First book in the Inkheart series

by Leon Garfield (1967)

Dear Scarlett
by Fleur Hitchcock (2013)

The Thornthwaite inheritance
by Gareth P. Jones (2009)
First book in the Thornthwaite series
From the mixed-up files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)
Mondays are murder
by Tanya Landman (2009)
First book in the Poppy Fields mystery series
The thieves of Ostia
by Caroline Lawrence (2001)
First book in the Roman mysteries series

by Gabrielle Lord (2009)
First book in the Conspiracy 365 series

The apothecary
by Maile Meloy (2011)
First book in the Apothecary series

The ivory rose
by Belinda Murrell (2011)

The glass children
by Kristina Ohlsson (2013)

I was a rat!
by Philip Pullman (1999)
The rose queen
by M.E. Rabb (2004)
First book in the Missing persons series

The impossible clue
by Sarah Rubin (2016)
First book in the Alice Jones series

The Blackthorn key
by Kevin Sands (2015)
First book in The Blackthorn key series

by Kim Slater (2014)

Liar and spy
by Rebecca Stead (2012)
When you reach me
by Rebecca Stead (2009)

Murder most unladylike
by Robin Stevens (2014)
First book in the Wells and Wong mystery series
The mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart (2007)
First book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series
Marianne dreams Marianne dreams
by Catherine Storr (1958)
First book in the Marianne series

The last wild
by Piers Torday (2013)
First book in the Last wild series

Three times lucky
by Sheila Turnage (2012)
First book in the Mo LoBeau series

Sammy Keyes and the hotel thief
by Wendelin Van Draanen (1998)
First book in the Sammy Keyes series

The clockwork sparrow
by Katherine Woodfine (2015)
First book in The Sinclair's mysteries series

Chasing Vermeer
by Blue Balliett (2004)
First book in the Chasing Vermeer series

Number 8
by Anna Fienberg (2006)

Pure dead magic
by Debi Gliori (2001)
First book in the Pure dead series

The truth about Verity Sparks
by Susan Green (2011)
First book in the Truth about Verity Sparks series

Saving Sophia
by Fleur Hitchcock (2014)

A stitch in time
by Penelope Lively (1976)

The billionaire's curse
by Richard Newsome (2009)
First book in the Billionaire series

by James Phelan (2013)
First book in The last thirteen series

by Katherine Rundell (2013)

by Brian Selznick (2011)

The Egypt game
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1967)
First book in the Game series

Dead Man's Cove
by Lauren St John (2010)
First book in the Laura Marlin mysteries series

Tensy Farlow and the home for mislaid children
by Jen Storer (2009)

The silver spoon of Solomon Snow
by Kaye Umansky (2004)
First book in the Solomon Snow series