YA Mysteries to Solve

Mysteries are a great way to immerse yourself into a story. You try to fit together all the clues the author may or may not sneak in to solve the puzzle before the main characters, and the twists and turns of the story keep you reading late into the night for just one more chapter… So if you are like us and love a good mystery, here are a few to try and solve before you reach the end of their story. 

*All descriptions are from the publisher.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max—the only one who hasn’t come back. Which leaves Max’s sister, Avery, wanting answers. She wants to find her brother—dead or alive—and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story. But as details of the disappearance begin to unfold, no one is prepared for the truth.

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Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight. In fact, his name isn’t really Nick Pearson. He shouldn’t tell you his real name, his real hometown, or why his family just moved to Stepton, Virginia. And he definitely shouldn’t tell you about his friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy Eli was uncovering when he died. About how Nick had to choose between solving Eli’s murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program said to do.

But he’s going to tell you—unless he gets caught first…

Bonus Borrows for Teens and Adults!

Tired of watching or listening to children’s Bonus Borrows on hoopla? There are many Bonus Borrows titles for teens and adults as well! Maybe you want to relive some classics from your childhood. Go down the rabbit hole with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, fly to Neverland in J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, follow the yellow brick road to L. Frank Baum’s Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, or join a wonderful horse on his journey through life in Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty.

For more mature classics, listen to the audiobook version of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Enjoy the sounds of Shakespeare in some of his plays, including Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more. Solve mysteries with Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet or with Hercule Poirot in one of Agatha Christie’s classics, such as her short story, The Veiled Lady.

Teens may be interested in the Comics collection of Bonus Borrows. For those who enjoyed Netflix’s Stranger Things or The Witcher series, check out Stranger Things: Zombie Boys by Grag Pak or The Witcher Vol. 2: Fox Children by Paul Tobin. If you want to “live and let die,” check out this James Bond graphic novel. For those feeling Moonstruck, check out this 1st volume about a werewolf and her new girlfriend.

For adult fiction Bonus Borrows, Charlaine Harris has A Bone to Pick about the unexpected death of an elderly member of the recently disbanded Real Murders club. Find out what happens when Florence Green opens up a bookshop in Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshop. Look on the bright side of life, and death, in Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald.

Browse through hundreds more titles in hoopla’s full Bonus Borrows collection before May 31!

Doctor Who, Dracula, and More! New Graphic Novels in the Abbot Public Library E-Collections

There are several new and upcoming graphic novel releases this Spring! Just released is Joe Harris’ Vampirella vs. Dracula, a time-tossed epic of love, hate, death, and damnation. Also out is Richard Marazano’s SAM, Volume 4. With the help of their robot ally SAM, Ian, and his friends hope to reach the command centre of the machines who have hunted and killed almost all of mankind. For fans of Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel Fight Club, the author has brought us a sequel to his 2016 graphic novel, Fight Flub 2, with Fight Club 3. Comicon.com describes it as “everything that a sequel to a sequel should be. It elevates the dark themes of the novel and the first graphic novel to the next illogical, insanely violent step.”

Doctor Who fans will be pleased with the release of Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Year Two as the Weeping Angels are trying to break into the TARDIS! Autons are ready to attack the streets of 1969 London. Now, Ten and Thirteen must risk a deadly paradox in order to stop the Earth from becoming an alien battleground! Another new release is Ryan Parott’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Volume 11. Fans will get answers—and more shocking secrets—about what happened to the team after they defeated Lord Drakkon. In Issue 5 of Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Adler has vanished, Mycroft has closed the case, and Sherlock is left feeling empty and deflated. While the others celebrate Christmas, Sherlock struggles with unanswered questions. 

Two stunning nonfiction graphic novels that have just been released are Scott Chantler’s Bix and Ashley Molesso’s The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook. Told in beautiful illustrations, Bix explores the rapid rise and tragic fall of 1920s legendary jazz soloist Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, one of the most innovative soloists next to Louis Armstrong. The Gay Agenda is a joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s development, history, and culture that is packed with facts, trivia, timelines, charts, and 100 full-color illustrations. This book is perfect for older generations, younger generations, and is a helpful introduction for those learning more about the community.

Upcoming releases over the next few weeks include:

Archie vs. Predator II by Alex de Campi
A Gift for a Ghost by Borja Gonzalez
Kairos: Book 1 by Ulysse Malassagne
We Served the People by Emei Burell
Fire on the Water by Scott MacGregor
My Brother’s Husband, Volumes 1 & 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
Lady of the Shadows: The Dark Tower: the Drawing of the Three Series, Book 1 by Stephen King
Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards by Bong Joon Ho
The Sword Daughter, Volume 3: Elsbeth of the Island by Brian Wood
The Stringbags by Garth Ennis
Be More Wonder Woman: Fearless Thinking from a Warrior Princess by Cheryl Rickman