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Mystery books: our favorite detectives in YA!

We can’t resist a good mystery, or a protagonist determined to get to the bottom of one! So, if you’re looking for your next mystery to unravel, read on for 6 of our favorites!


Margot Mertz Takes It Down by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy

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Hell hath no fury like Margot, who discovers a secret revenge porn site featuring Roosevelt High girls. But the more she digs, the deeper and darker the case becomes until Margot realizes that some jobs are so dirty, no one can come away clean. Even her.


From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn

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If you’re looking for a more light-hearted mystery, we’ve got you! This sweet contemporary romance follow Rika as she tries to uncover the mystery of her (celebrity!) mother, which takes her to unexpected places in both her beloved LA neighborhood and her own guarded heart.


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh


When a string of gruesome murders leaves New Orleans in terror, Celine is determined to get to the bottom of it at any cost…even if the cost is her life.


The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman

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In this dark and twisty feminist historical mystery, a teenage girl starts a new life as a grave robber but quickly becomes entangled in a murderer’s plans.


You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons

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Because surviving and revealing a serial killer is much more fun with your two best friends on an isolated island for an influencer festival you snuck into.


Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Our Last Echoes

In 1973, the thirty-one residents of Bitter Rock disappeared. In 2003, so did Sophia’s mother. Now, she’s come to Bitter Rock to find out what happened to her—and to herself. Because Bitter Rock has many ghosts. And Sophia might be one of them.




Want to learn more about Margot Mertz? Read an chapter 1 here!

Penguin Teen