YA Mystery and Crime Fiction

YA Mystery and Crime Fiction


Whether your interests are in solving a mystery or getting into the mind of a criminal, these titles have something for you, from missing persons to murder to a touch of the supernatural.

Compiled by:
Chris H.
After the Fire

Will Hill
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hill)

Moonbeam, seventeen, survives a devastating confrontation between government forces and the cult she grew up in, but will need a lot of help to heal mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Of Better Blood

Susan Moger
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Moger)

Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against "the unfit." It's 1922, and eugenics has taken hold in America. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at sixteen to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and the two escape the fair and end up at a summer camp on a desolate island run by the New England Eugenics Council. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island...if she can escape them herself.

The Blackthorn Key

Kevin Sands
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sands)

In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.


Sasha Dawn
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Dawn)

Sixteen-year-old Josh falls in love with newcomer Chatham Claiborne, who has come to town to find her missing sister, but when Chatham suddenly disappears Josh unearths a web of lies and secrecy surrounding her life, and in doing so unwittingly discovers vital clues to the town's longest unsolved mystery.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Springe)

Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.

City of Saints and Thieves

Natalie Anderson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Anderso)

Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother's murder but uncovering startling secrets.


Erin Bowman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bowman)

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project including its members dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried.

The Cruelty

Scott Bergstrom
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bergstr)

When seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom's father vanishes, she sets out across Europe under a new identity to bring him back alive, even if that means becoming as cruel as his captors.

Death Prefers Blondes

Caleb Roehrig
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Roehrig)

Teen celebrity socialite Margo leads a double life as a cat burglar with a crew of four kickboxing drag queens, but when a big job goes belly-up, each one of them must rely on their special skills to survive the night.

The Diviners

Libba Bray
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bray)

17-year-old Evangeline O'Neill can divine information from objects, something that embarrasses her Midwestern parents, and is therefore promptly sent to stay with her uncle who owns a museum of folklore and the occult in 1920s Manhattan. Evie enjoys both the speakeasy nightlife and being involved in the other-worldly murders.

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lyga)

What is it like to be the son of one of the most infamous serial killers? Jasper "Jazz" Dent is the teenage son of Billy Dent, convicted of 123 grisly murders. Jazz becomes involved in some possible copycat murders because of his intimate knowledge of his father's murderous instincts. Lyga combines the dark and grisly details with Jazz's internal conflict in this psychological thriller.

Monday's Not Coming

Tiffany Jackson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Jackson)

When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

The Murderer's Ape

Jacob Wegelius
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Wegeliu)

When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla named Sally Jones visits therun-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of Bhapur's magnificent court--all in an attempt to clear Henry's name.

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Johnson)

This creepy and atmospheric mystery follows Rory who leaves her Louisiana home to attend boarding school in modern-day London. Recent Jack the Ripper-like murders have been taking place and Rory gets caught up in this supernatural investigation.

Paper Towns

John Green
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Green)

Quentin is weeks away from graduating when his neighbor and long-time crush, Margo, appears at his window in the middle of the night. Margo has plans for a wild adventure, but ends up missing in the morning. Margo's parents don't seem concerned, so Quentin takes it upon himself to follow clues that Margo left behind.

People Like Us

Dana Mele
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mele)

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. 

The Riverman

Aaron Starmer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Starmer)

The first book in a trilogy about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious being called The Riverman is stealing the souls of children and the boy she asks to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next.

A Room Away from the Wolves

Nova Ren Suma
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Suma)

Teenage Bina runs away to New York City's Catherine House, a young women's residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history and dark secrets, where she is drawn to her mysterious downstairs neighbor Monet.


Harlan Coben
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Coben)

Coben writes a popular mystery series for adults featuring Myron Bolitar. In this series for teens, Coben focuses on Bolitar's nephew Mickey who has come to live with him after a tragic accident. Mickey's new girlfriend goes missing and in the course of his investigation he discovers that everything he thought he knew about her was false.

Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bardugo)

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.


Lamar Giles
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Giles)

When DJ ParSec, rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for her and hatred for each other--but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.

A Spy in the House

Y. S. Lee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lee)

This is the first book in the Agency series, and follows Mary Quinn, a pickpocket who has been rescued from the gallows to be secretly trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit. Mary is a strong character who has learned how to survive just about anything and her first assignment includes missing cargo ships. This fast-paced mystery is packed with fun dialogue, colorful characters and a gritty Victorian setting.

A Study in Charlotte

Brittany Cavallaro
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cavalla)

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. 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, 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.


Pam Smy
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Smy)

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

Truly Devious

Maureen Johnson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Johnson)

When Stevie Bell, an amateur detective, begins her first year at a famous private school in Vermont, she sets a plan to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after the school opened. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym "Truly, Devious."


Judith Rossell
(Juvenile Fiction - J Rossell)

Stella, eleven, gets her dreamed-of adventure when something she should not have seen in the damp, dull hotel where she lives with three dreadful aunts on a cliff above Withering-by-Sea sends her on the run from stage magician Professor Starke and his thugs, eluding danger, making new friends, and facing questions about herself.