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







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

The invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick (2007)
   

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

Assassin
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








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


Smith
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


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


The ivory rose
by Belinda Murrell (2011)







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

Smart
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 dreamsMarianne 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
















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








13
by James Phelan (2013)
First book in The last thirteen series








Rooftoppers
by Katherine Rundell (2013)









Wonderstruck
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