Hey there, and welcome to Feature Shelf, a series that provides book recommendations based on theme or title suggestions. This shelf was requested by Karen. I am the (book) supplier and this is Feature Shelf #24, the Mystery Edition.
I don’t think I consciously realized I liked mystery novels growing up, but I did go through all of my mother’s old Nancy Drew books…the ones with the yellow covers, not the ones with the new covers. This week, I have five mystery novels, sure to leave you wondering what happened and who done it.
First on the shelf is the first middle grade mystery I’ve read since the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and it’s Colin Fishcer. Colin has Asperger’s syndrome, and fancies himself an observer. When the student who often bullies Colin is accused of bringing a gun to school, Colin decides that he has to clear his bully’s name by finding out who the culprit actually is.
Second on the mystery shelf this week is I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Ed’s kind of a nobody. He’s a cab driver who isn’t really going anywhere until he receives the first Ace in the mail with instructions. He chooses to follow those instructions, chooses to care about the people he ends up saving. But if he’s a puppet, appearing at addresses when told, who’s pulling the strings?
Third on the shelf this week is I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Jazz is the son of a serial killer. When a body appears in a field, Jazz is afraid that his town will blame him for the murder. Like father, like son. But Jazz is convinced that the murderer is also a serial killer, and that he is the only one who can stop more murders from occurring. If you’re a fan of procedural dramas on television, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
Next up, Ripper by Stefan Petrucha. I held up on doing this shelf so I could include this title. In the late 1880s, Jack the Ripper became infamous for the Whitechapel murders. And he was never caught. But what if the reason he was never caught was because he came to America? Carver Young is an orphan with a preoccupation with detective novels. He’s adopted by a member of the prestigious Pinkerton Agency, which is fortuitous, because he may be the only one able to catch the Ripper before any more Americans are murdered.
And finally on our mystery shelf this week is Chime. Briony Larkin is a witch in a time when any witch caught and deemed a witch by the Chime Child is sentenced to death. The real mystery in Chime is the secrets that are both kept and discovered, the secret that resulted in the death of Briony’s stepmother and her sister’s illness.
So that’s five books you might like if you’re a fan of mystery: Colin Fischer, I Am the Messenger, I Hunt Killers, Ripper and Chime.
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