My Top Ten Mystery Books

This is my list of the best adventure/mystery books for children.  I’m listing them in reverse order, starting from ten to my favourite of all, number one.

10. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, by Enid Blyton.

A mystery with a very surprising solution.  The Five Find-Outers solve the mystery with a bit of Sherlock-Homes-rivalling deduction and observance.

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9. The Secret of Spiggy Holes, by Enid Blyton.

A wonderful adventure book, complete with secret passages and a gang of kidnapping criminals.

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8. The Mystery of the Hidden Gold, by Helen Moss.

A brilliant story, expertly told.

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7. The Mystery of the Invisible Spy, by Helen Moss.

I love the spy theme to this book and the way the plot completely twists half way through.  A very, very good book.

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 6. The Adventurous Four, by Enid Blyton.

This is a very exciting book, with loads of adventure, and because of that, it’s getting a sixth place finish.

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5. The Mystery of the Black Salamander, by Helen Moss.

This is a BRILLIANT book, and is possibly number one in the most complicated plot competition (if there is one!).

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4. The Strike of the Shark, by Bear Grylls.

When I started reading this I thought it was going to be about a boy surviving all kinds of extreme locations and animals, which would have been brilliant, but it combines this with a whole load of mystery, which secures its number four finish.

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3. The Mystery of the Secret Room, by Helen Moss.

I like this book because it is packed with adventure and kept me hooked until the very end.  I also like sort of history-mystery thing because the feeling in the book that the mystery is centuries old makes this definitely the third best mystery book I’ve read so far.

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2. The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Homes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I have just bought this book and it is brilliant.  It is a selection of eight Sherlock Homes cases and it is amazing.  If I had to give it a rating out of ten, I would give it eleven!

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1.The Mystery of the Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss.

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite mystery book ever, with one of the most unguessable plots ever.  As soon as I bought it I read it three times in a row I liked it so much!

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I hope you enjoy my list, and call back as I might be reviewing some of these books in more detail soon.  🙂


3 thoughts on “My Top Ten Mystery Books”

  1. Thank you for your lovely review of the Phoenix Code and the Adventure Island books. I am so pleased that you like them. I’m really honoured to be in your top ten of mystery books – along with Enid Blyton.

  2. I’ll have to read “The Secret of Spiggy Holes” by Enid Blyton and “The Adventurous Four” by Enid Blyton again, Jed!
    I love reading your posts! 🙂

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