Get a Clue - YA Mysteries

You / Charles Benoit

This wasn't the way it was supposed to go. There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time's running out.

What She Left Behind / Tracy Bilen

Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara's abusive father.  But when her mom doesn't show up as expected, Sara's terrified.  Her mom is missing -- and her dad had something to do with it.  With each day that passes, Sara's more on edge. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it's too late . . . for both of them.

What I saw and how I lied / by Judy Blundell

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

Shelter : a Mickey Bolitar novel / Harlan Coben

Not all adult writers can write for young adults, but Coben is one to watch!  Following the nephew of popular adult detective Myron Bolitar, this beginning title of an impending series has it all - excellent plotting, good characters and lots of action! Followup: Seconds Away

I know what you did last summer / Lois Duncan

It was only an accident -- but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don't stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning.... Written in1973, and still one of the best!

The girl in the park / Mariah Fredericks

When a teenaged girl with a bad reputation is murdered in New York City's Central Park after a party, her childhood friend is determined to solve the mystery of her death.

The girl is murder / Kathryn Miller Haines

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school.

Blank confession / Pete Hautman

Shayne Blank is the new kid in town. He’s not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. His background doesn’t add up. And when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There’s more to Shayne—and his story—than meets the eye. And as the details pile up, the only thing that becomes clear is that nothing is clear at all.

The night she disappeared / April Henry

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper and works part-time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla - another delivery girl - goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had was really after her.  She becomes obsessed with finding Kayla and teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead - and to hopefully find her before she is.

The name of the star / Maureen Johnson

First of a project new series by YA best-selling author Maureen Johnson, Rory arrives in modern London as "Rippermania" takes hold of the city, and the police are clueless. For some reason, Rory e can see the murderer when no one else can.  Why? And more urgently, has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Death cloud / Andrew Lane

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain. Sequel: Rebel Fire

Liar / Justine Larbalestier

Micah is a liar, and she's always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies--until her boyfriend dies under mysterious circumstances. At first the truth comes easily, because it is a lie. The second truth is so unbelievable that it must be a lie. And the honest truth is buried deep in Micah's mind, where even she doesn't know if it's real.

The silence of murder / Dandi Daley Mackall

Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach. Edgar Winner 2012!

Wake / Lisa McMann

For Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old.  Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Acceleration / Graham McNamee

It's a hot summer, and Duncan is stuck cataloging lost things in Toronto Transit Authority's Lost and Found. The job is endless, and Duncan's just about had enough. Then he finds a diary filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman?

Eye of the crow / Shane Peacock

Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way. Highly recommended!

Ripper / Stefan Petrucha

When Carver is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, he is given the chance to find his biological father, but he finds himself tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world's most famous serial killer.

The interrogation of Gabriel James / Charlie Prince

An eyewitness to two killings, 14-year-old Gabriel James relates the shocking story behind the murders in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Step by step, this Montana teenager traces the link between a troubled classmate's disturbing home life and an outbreak of crime.

Tokyo heist / Diana Renn

When Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. A valuable Van Gogh has been stolen, and Violet takes up the hunt.  Her intrepid search takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late. **Local author!

Blood on my hands / Todd Strasser

Callie Carson is happy--she finally got an invite to one of the coolest parties of the year. But her night with the inner circle quickly ends when she makes a horrifying discovery: her friend Katherine has been killed.

Kill you last / Todd Strasser

When three teenage clients of her fashion photographer dad go missing, Shelby's near perfect life crumbles when her dad is named a prime suspect in the girls' disappearance.

Double / Jenny Valentine

When runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret.

Black mirror : a novel / by Nancy Werlin

Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.

So yesterday : a novel / by Scott Westerfeld

Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.