Mysteries in Overdrive

September 15th was Agatha Christie’s Birthday. In honour of this amazing mystery writer, we thought it would be great to highlight a few of our wide range of mysteries in the Overdrive library.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A ‘respectable American gentleman’ lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside . . . Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment — and the most astounding case of his illustrious career. Grades 9-12

Mini Mysteries

Judy Moody’s Mini Mysteries – and other Sneaky Stuff for Super Sleuths by Megan MacDonald

Join detective Judy Drewdy to create a way-official detective kit, solve six mini-mysteries, and sharpen real-and-actual sleuth skills. Chock-full of advice for the would-be sleuth and bursting with activities, here is an uber RARE diversion for fans of Judy and for anyone who loves a good mystery. “The Great Class Heist” is just one of the whodunits tackled by Judy Drewdy and agents Dills Pickle (a.k.a. Frank), Spuds Houdini (Rocky), and James Madagascar (Stink), who need readers’ help in cracking these cases! In addition to six solve-it-yourself missions, kids can get in the mood to create a detective kit, sketch suspects, test powers of observation, puzzle through ridonkulus logic puzzles, write super-sneaky codes, and more! Grades 2-3

The Perilous Journey

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart (and other titles)

The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search–a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids’ adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all–a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them. Grades 4-8

Eye of the Crow

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.

But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.

Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with young readers everywhere. Grades 3-6

Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children – The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (and many other titles)

Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy’s peculiar behavior. Grades K-2

39 Clues

The 39 Clues – The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (and many other titles)

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family’s power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice – take a million dollars and walk away…or get the first Clue? If you’re Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue – and begin a very dangerous race. Grades 3-6

The Case of the Lost Boy

The Buddy Files, The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (and other titles)

The Edgar Award–winning first book in Dori Hillestad Butler’s Buddy Files series
King’s family is missing, and he’s been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn’t his beloved human, Kayla, come to get him?
When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy!
Then Connor disappears!
Buddy (aka King) has some big problems to solve. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Butler’s entertaining story about a smart, funny, loyal dog . . . and left eager for Buddy’s next adventure. Grades K-2

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight by Chris Auer (and other titles)

Eerie stories surround the old Victorian mansion-turned-museum known as Eckert House. But what was once thought to be fiction may prove to be fact after twelve-year-old Dan Pruitt makes a gruesome discovery. Dan and his friends set out to uncover the truth, but will their search lead them down a path of danger instead? Grades 3-6

Mystery of the Melting Snowman

The Mystery of the Melting Snowman by Florence Parry Heide (and other titles)

It’s snowman season in the neighbourhood, but the Spotlighters discover that someone’s not just playing! They find a curious iron figurine hidden inside one of the snowmen. Who was hiding it—and why? When a stranger comes looking for it, it’s clear the Spotlight Club has another mystery to solve! K-3

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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Sharing our theme of the month with you all. If you like mysteries you can find many in our Overdrive E book Library!

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