Few readers can resist the thrills of a good mystery book, because – of course – the curiosity of wanting to know the truth keeps us turning the page nonstop. A well-written mystery story knows its audience, and gives us just enough clue to keep us guessing, while not being painfully obvious.
That is why there is a particular genre of books for children’s mystery, which is simpler in language and less intense in subject matter, to suit younger audiences. With the March Holidays just around the corner, it might be a good idea to explore some of these gripping titles and develop your young’un’s English vocabulary and comprehension skills!
From Sherlock Holmes spin-offs to quirky stories from the little red dot itself, here are 7 mystery books to check out!
Note: These books are from a selection of recommended readings for Primary 5 GEP students. Depending on your child’s reading level, they will most likely be suitable for children in Primary 4 to 6.
1. Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong (A. J. Low)
Familiar with the Sherlock Holmes series? Well, here’s a fresh take on it, with a family-friendly and local twist to it! Sam Tan Cher Lock (aka Sherlock Sam) uses his keen senses and quick-thinking abilities to solve various mysteries set in sunny Singapore. In this particular story, Auntie Kim Lian’s treasured Peranakan cookbook is missing, and it is up to Sherlock Sam and the Supper Club to get to the bottom of the matter – or they may never get to enjoy that mouth-watering ayam kuah beluak again!
Blending tons of fun with relatable themes, young readers in Singapore are sure to be entertained while at the same time being educated about cultural icons in Singapore. Do pick this up in your local bookstore and support your local writers too!
2. The A.B.C. Murders (Agatha Christie)
You can’t miss mentioning Agatha Christie in any mystery book list. The A.B.C. Murders is the prolific writer’s 12th book in the Hercule Poirot series but often considered one of the best and well-known of the lot.
Detective Hercule Poirot gets down to work investigating the murders: Alice Asher was bludgeoned to death in Andover, Better Bernard was strangled in Bexhill, and Sir Carmichael Clarke, the third victim, was shot dead in Churston. Who will be the next victim, and can Hercule Poirot stop the killer before it’s too late?
Probably more suited to upper primary and tween readers, this book will keep you on your toes and guessing throughout this well fleshed-out novel.