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Murder & Mayhem: Scary YA Books for Halloween!

If blood on a book cover interests you, we think you should check out these terrifying murder mystery books, full of suspicious characters, alarming motives, and crime scenes.

Summer camp, but add some murder. This twisty new thriller follows three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.

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Can you race against the clock in time to solve Claire’s murder?

After being knocked out by a Sidney Prescott look-alike in the courthouse bathroom, Alice wakes up on Halloween night…a year earlier. The same day Claire was murdered. And now, Alice has until midnight to save her sister and find the real killer before he claims another victim.

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Never go into the woods alone. This fast-paced thriller follows two sisters vying for the top spot on their cross-country team—the only way out of their stiflingly small town. But their dreams are suddenly thrown into peril when a new girl threatens to take away everything they’ve worked for . . . until she disappears.

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At NO point did we know where this story was headed!

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

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We can’t resist a rich kids prep school mystery. Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

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Penguin Teen