Mysteries for older readers, 4th - 6th grades
These books are in the children's Fiction (J) or Mystery (J M) section
under the author's last name.
J M ANDERSON - THE CLUE OF THE LINOLEUM LEDERHOSEN
Three heroes of children’s books are vacationing at Moose Tongue Lodge when a priceless diamond necklace disappears.
J M BALLIETT - CHASING VERMEER
With strange events happening all around them, Petra and Calder try to solve a puzzle and locate an invaluable missing painting.
J M BROACH - SHAKESPEARE’S SECRET
Hero searches for the fabulous diamond hidden in her home by the previous owner.
J M BROCKMEIR - GROOVES: A KIND OF MYSTERY
Dwayne discovers a message for help hidden in the grooves of his blue jeans, but who sent the message?
J BROOKS - FREDDY THE DETECTIVE
Freddy the pig starts his own detective business and tries to find a missing toy train.
J M BUCKLEY - THE FAIRY-TALE DETECTIVES
After moving into their grandmother’s home, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are astonished to discover that their Grimm Family heritage requires the girls to train as private investigators and succeed their grandmother in the family business.
J M BYARS - KING OF MURDER
Herculeah Jones puts herself in danger when she tries to discover if mystery writer Mathias King has actually committed the murders he writes about.
J M CLEMENTS - ROOM ONE: A MYSTERY OR TWO
Ted Hammond sees a face in the window of a boarded-up, empty house outside his small Nebraska town and the sixth-grade mystery fan decides to investigate.
J M COLFER - HALF-MOON INVESTIGATIONS
When he is accused of arson, twelve-year old detective Fletcher Moon partners with Red Sharkey, son of the town’s most notorious crime family, to find the real arsonist.
J M CURTIS - MR. CHICKEE’S FUNNY MONEY
After Mr. Chickee gives Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeroes on it, agents from the U.S. Treasury Department pursue Steven to get the bill back.
J M HALE - THE BIG NAP: FROM THE TATTERED CASEBOOK OF CHET GECKO, PRIVATE EYE
Chet Gecko has a new case: find out who is turning the students at Emerson Hicky Elementary into zombies.
J M HAMILTON - THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR
Thomas and his family have moved into a house that was once a station on the Underground Railroad, and mysterious sounds and events make the family members think they may be in danger.
J M HOEYE - TIME STOPS FOR NO MOUSE
When Linka Perflinger fails to return for her repaired watch, watchmaker mouse Hermux Tantamoq tries to find her and gets caught up in a web of danger and deceit.
J M HOROWITZ - SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST: A DIAMOND BROTHERS MYSTERY
Murder and mayhem follow Nick and his older brother Tim as they travel to Amsterdam seeking clues in a case involving international spies and assassins.
J IBBOTSON - THE STAR OF KAZAN
When a woman claiming to be her long-lost mother arrives to take Annika away to live in a mansion in Germany, the girl learns that her troubles have just begun.
J / J M KIRK - REX TABBY: CAT DETECTIVE
The greatest cat detective in the world pursues a gang of bad cats in Whiskerville, USA.
J M LAWRENCE - THE THIEVES OF OSTIA: A ROMAN MYSTERY
Dogs are being killed in the Roman port city of Ostia in A.D. 79, and Flavia and her friends set out to catch the killer.
J NAYLOR - BERNIE MAGRUDER AND THE BATS IN THE BELFRY
Bernie and friends Georgene and Weasel search for the truth about recent local sightings of the dreaded Aztec bat.
J M NICKERSON - HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND
Can a swimming medal, a key to a mansion and a comic book about a half-man/half-rat help Margaret solve the mystery of her father’s death?
J M RICHARDS - INVISIBLE DETECTIVE: DOUBLE LIFE
A mysterious stone and an old notebook called “The Casebook of the Invisible Detective” lead Arthur back in time to a case in which sinister automated puppets are replacing real people.
J SNYDER - THE MAGIC NATION THING
Twelve year-old Abby uses her psychic powers to help solve some of her private investigator mother’s cases.
J M VAN DRAANEN - SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF
When bored Sammy uses binoculars to watch the hotel across the street from her Gram’s apartment, she witnesses a robbery, unthinkingly waves to the robber, who sees her, and then worries that he will come looking for her.
J M WINTERFELD - DETECTIVES IN TOGAS
Rufus has been imprisoned for writing graffiti on a temple wall in ancient Rome, and his friends try to solve the mystery of who really committed the crime.
J M WRIGHT - THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS
Amy tries to discover if strange happenings in an old dollhouse could be connected to the unsolved murders of her great-grandparents.
J / J M YEP - THE CASE OF THE GOBLIN PEARLS
When a valuable pearl necklace is stolen during the Chinese New Year’s Parade in San Francisco, Lily tries to help solve the crime.
Many of these authors have written other good books that you might enjoy!