Reviews by Category: Mystery

Teen Review
The Hawthorne Legacy book cover

The Hawthorne Legacy

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Jun 7, 2024

In the previous book, The Inheritance Games, Avery, and the others discover that Toby Hawthorne, the son of billionaire Tobias Hawthorne, who was presumed to have died in a fire, was actually alive. And not only was he alive, he and Avery were known to have a close relationship, which was playing chess in a park together.

Teen Review
Storm Front book cover

Storm Front

By Jim Butcher
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Jun 7, 2024

Storm Front by Jim Butcher is the first book in The Dresden Files series, introducing Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator in modern-day Chicago. Harry is hired to solve two cases: finding a missing husband dabbling in dark magic and investigating a brutal double murder seemingly caused by black magic. As he navigates a world where magic exists alongside mundane life, Harry faces deadly threats from magical and non-magical foes alike.

Teen Review
Girl in the Blue Coat book cover

Girl in the Blue Coat

By Monica Hesse
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Jun 7, 2024

Hanneke Bakks is still grieving over her lost lover, Bas, when she decides to turn to stealing goods from the black market and selling them in order to gain money for herself and her family. It’s a nasty business that she ensures her parents and friends don’t find out about.  She decides to keep her methods secret to make sure that her job is done skillfully and without prying eyes, especially in Amsterdam in 1943, which is filled with German occupation.

Teen Review
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Z. Ahmed
May 31, 2024

This mysterious book will leave you on the edge of your seat! Five high school students walk into detention, but only four make it out alive. When the outcast of the school, Simon, dies under mysterious conditions- his four classmates become suspects. As the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that Simon was planning to reveal juicy secrets about each of them. Each student wants to clear their name and keep their secrets buried to protect their high school image. With conflicting motives and witnesses, it’s unclear who is truly innocent or lying. 

Teen Review
None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

None of This Is True

By Lisa Jewell
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Safa Al
May 17, 2024

None of This True, is a cozy gripping thriller that will keep you guessing. Josie Fair is celebrating her 45th birthday at a local pub. There she meets Alix Summers, a podcaster who shares the same birthday. A birthday twin! They bump into each other days later. This time Josie talks about her idea of making a podcast about herself. She convinces Alix that she's going to make a big change soon. Alix has uneasy feelings about Josie but she can't resist the temptation of her curiosity.

Teen Review
One of Us Is Back book cover

One of Us Is Back

By Karen McManus
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lilyana G.
May 3, 2024

One of Us Is Back by Karen M. McManus is the third and final installment in the Bayview High YA mystery/thriller trilogy. Following the resolution of the previous book, One of Us Is Back opens with a reunion of all of our favorite characters.

Teen Review
The Inheritance Games book cover

The Inheritance Games

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Likhita
May 3, 2024

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a young adult novel. Tobias Hawthorne, a billionaire, dies and instead of leaving his fortune to his blood relatives, he leaves it to Avery Grambs, an ordinary teenager. In order to claim her inheritance, Avery must move into his mansion which is filled with secret passages and riddles. The twist is that the relatives of Tobias Hawthorne, who all thought they would inherit his fortune, have to live in the mansion too.

Teen Review
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying

By Karen McManus
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
Apr 18, 2024

One of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus, is one of the most popular and intriguing mystery books of the last few years. Centered in the small town of Bayview California, McManus’s quick paced writing and addicting style allow readers to get invested from the very beginning. High schoolers Abby, Nate, Bronwyn, and Cooper find themselves in detention with Simon Keheller, the creator of Bayview High’s gossip app, ‘About That,’ which is known for spilling destructive and deadly secrets about Bayview’s students.

Teen Review
Where the Crawdads Sing book cover

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Apr 12, 2024

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens follows the captivating story of Kya Clark, known as the "Marsh Girl," who grows up isolated in the marshes of North Carolina. Abandoned by her family at a young age, Kya learns to survive on her own, forming a deep connection with the natural world around her. As she grows older, Kya becomes entangled in a murder investigation when the town's golden boy, Chase Andrews, is found dead.

Teen Review
State of the Onion

State of the Onion

By Julie A. Hyzy
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Leilani G.
Apr 10, 2024

State of the Onion, by Julie A. Hyzy, tells the story of a White House chef who becomes embroiled in a state security mystery. Protagonist Olivia Paras is an assistant chef in the White House, and on her way to work she stops an intruder from getting to the President. What she at first thinks was just a simple security matter becomes an extended plot that could threaten both the President and the United States.

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