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Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

Our children's thrillers, mysteries and ghost stories are full of shocks and scares. These mystery books for kids are available at unbelievable prices and are captivating from start to finish. Our range includes great horror books for kids that will have them hooked on reading.

  • EBFO 9 years +

    The Find-Outers Collection - 15 Books (Collection)

    Enid Blyton

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    Who stole the money that the old man in Holly Lane had hidden in his cottage, and where is it now? Who's that mysterious robber that disappears from the scene of the crime without a trace and who is responsible for the strange messages being sent to Mr Goon?

    The police are perplexed and only the five young children who make up the Find-Outers and their dog, Buster, can find out the truth.

    Written by Enid Blyton, the author of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, these are exciting mystery adventures with a classic feel that will surprise and delight readers aged 9 and over.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure

    Previously published as the Mystery Collection
    Format: paperback
    • £14.99
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  • FFCC 7 years +

    The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books (Collection)

    Enid Blyton

    (15) Hand-picked favourites
    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
    • £24.99
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  • COGH 9 years +

    Cogheart Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Peter Bunzl

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    Peter Bunzl's Cogheart series contains pacy and imaginative adventure stories that your children will not be able to put down. In fact, don't be surprised if you end up fully engaged in the story of 13-year-old Lily and the search for her inventor father.

    Lily's father disappeared after a Zeppelin crashed and now she's teaming up with Robert, the local clock-maker's son, and a mechanical fox called Malkin to uncover the truth...

    Shadowy figures are closing in and treachery is lurking amongst all the smoky spires of London and soon our intrepid heroes discover a life-changing secret... These steampunk stories are a thrill from first page to last!
    Format: paperback
    • £5.99
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  • PAME 9 years +

    Pamela Butchart Collection - 7 Books (Collection)

    Pamela Butchart

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    Headteachers who are vampire rats; demon dinner ladies; baby aliens... They all appear in these hilarious school stories from the Blue Peter Award-winning Pamela Butchart.

    Illustrated by Thomas Flintham, these seven books will have children laughing all the way through as Izzy and her friends uncover all sorts of startling secrets in their primary school. Their suspicions of the new head are raised when they realise he has his blinds drawn all day. Then he bans garlic bread at lunchtime...

    Matilde is the new girl at school and Izzy has been told to look after her, but then she realises Matilde might just be hiding a secret - a spy secret! There are also tongue-in-cheek retellings of Shakespeare's plays for children of all ages to enjoy and a spooky story about werewolves.

    Format: paperback
    • £11.99
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  • BYDT 7 years +

    No. 1 Boy Detective Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

    Barbara Michelhill & Tony Ross

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    Damian Drooth is a super sleuth, a number 1 detective and a boy who has a nose for trouble... He's determined to clean up the world so criminals better beware!

    First up, Damian finds himself caught up in the glamorous world of film-making. However, he realises it's a den of deceit and he's going to need all his skills, wits and cunning to keep out of trouble and save Trixibelle, the daughter of a crazy, mega-rich director.

    Written by Barbara Mitchelhill and with illustrations by Tony Ross, these are rib-tickling reads for children aged 7 and over.
    Format: paperback
    • £7.99
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  • HVEW 10 years +

    Hive Collection - 8 Books (Collection)

    Mark Walden

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    James Bond meets Artemis Fowl in this fantastically witty and action-packed series from award-winning author, Mark Walden.

    H.I.V.E (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrong-doing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind.

    The stories follow 13-year-old Otto Malpense as he is hand-picked to join the six-year programme to become the world's next supervillain. With the help of his new friends - an athletic martial-arts expert, a world-famous diamond thief and a spunky computer genius - will Otto be able to achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E?

    Format: paperback
    • £12.99
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  • SVCC 7 years +

    The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books (Collection)

    Enid Blyton

    (12) Hand-picked favourites
    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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  • VRJ2 9 years +

    Varjak Paw (Paperback)

    SF Said

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    Cats, martial arts and a heart-warming story - we can't recommend S. F. Said's Varjack Paw series enough! Illustrated by the talented Dave McKean, this is the third book and continues to follow the adventures of Varjak.

    A Mesopotamian Blue kitten, Varjak learns about the Way from his grandfather and sets off on a journey of self-discovery. As he leaves home for the first time, he must learn how to survive in a terrifying city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the mysterious Vanishings.

    A Gold Smarties Prize winner that has been described as 'The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch', this is an exciting and enchanting book that will have readers aged 9+ purring with delight.
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  • DMHD 9 years +

    Demon Headmaster Collection - 7 Books (Collection)

    Gillian Cross

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    A favourite with children for over 30 years, Gillian Cross' The Demon Headmaster books will provide your children with hours of terrifying entertainment and give you a nostalgic kick (who wasn't terrified by the '90s BBC adaptation?)...

    Lizzie has just started at a new school and everything is different: Ethan is now incredible at football, her brother is an expert in robotics, and she has started to be good at being really bad. What's brought these changes about? It couldn't be anything to do with that mysterious new headmaster, could it?

    Format: paperback
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  • EYX2 9 years +

    The London Eye Mystery (Paperback)

    Siobhan Dowd

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    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but not Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

    Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

    The London Eye Mystery is an unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd.
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  • VILT 9 years +

    Violet Collection - 4 Books (Collection)

    Harriet Whitehorn

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    Violet Remy-Robinson is an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making.

    She travels the world cracking cases ranging from a mummy mystery to hunts for hidden treasure in these books that provide a fine introduction to whodunnits and detective stories.

    Complete with two-colour illustrations throughout, these fresh and funny mysteries are perfect for fans of Dotty Detective, Ottoline and Alice-Miranda.
    Format: paperback
    • £6.99
    • RRP £27.96
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  • AMLS 12 years +

    Andy McNab's Liam Scott Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Andy McNab

    (2) Hand-picked favourites
    Full of action and excitement, this collection contains the first three books in Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab's Liam Scott series of thrillers for young adults. These books have a no-holds-barred approach to the brutality and horrors of war.

    The New Recruit opens the series and is a book that asks the question of just what would you do if a prank went wrong and killed your best friend... Liam enrols in Army training in a bid to make amends and although the training is tough, he survives and is ready to thrive as a soldier. But then he comes face-to-face with his friend's brother while in Afghanistan...

    The New Patrol and The New Enemy continue Liam's story as he comes up against even more deadly threats including a traitor and finds himself on the hunt for a key terrorist target...
    Please note these books contain violence and strong language
    Format: paperback
    • £4.99
    • RRP £21.97
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  • TRAP 9 years +

    Abie Longstaff's Trapdoor Mysteries Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Abie Longstaff

    Hand-picked favourites
    From the author of The Fairytale Hairdresser series, the Trapdoor Mysteries follows 10-year-old Tally and her best friend Squill (who's a squirrel, of course) as they solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...

    Orphan Tally is the servant girl at Mollet Manor and she's also the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden underneath the grounds. When the manor is burgled in book one, Tally must use the books to catch the criminals - but can she use them to find her missing mother too?

    In book two, Lady Mollett's puppy is kidnapped and Tally must find the dognapper before it's too late! And book three sees a ghost turn up at the manor - can the library help Tally catch something that no one can see?

    Format: paperback
    • £5.99
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  • LING 9 years +

    Joan Lingard Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Joan Lingard

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    Three exciting historical adventures from bestselling children's author, Joan Lingard.

    Despite looking after ten children already, Mr and Mrs Bigsby of the Pig and Whistle, Stoke Newington, are asked to take in an eleventh orphan named Elfie. But there's something about her - why does Elfie possess a little watercolour of the Pig and Whistle?

    In The Chancery Lane Conspiracy, Elfie and her best friend Joe's suspicion of a dodgy lawyer lead them to a conspiracy that spans across the country. And in The Stolen Sister, Elfie's little sister Rosalind is kidnapped from outside her school. It's a race against the time to locate the culprit before the family falls apart...

    Format: paperback
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  • RRAV 10 years +

    Rose Raventhorpe Investigates Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Janine Beacham

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    Nancy Drew meets Downton Abbey in this collection of fresh mysteries set in Victorian England.

    When Rose Raventhorpe's butler is found murdered in book one, she is determined to uncover the culprit - especially since he's the third butler to die in a week! Soon, she learns there is a secret society of crime-fighting butlers - and someone is on to them...

    In book two, Rose vows to help an orphan boy named Orpheus to solve the mystery of his sister's kidnapping. But the investigation is more complicated than she anticipated, as she is lead through fancy tea-rooms, horrible factories and secret underground passages...

    Another murder strikes in the city of Yorke in book three, causing Rose and the secret society of butlers to search for clues in the dark, eerie skitterways - is an ancient ghost-hound on the loose or is it human?
    Format: paperback
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  • AVD2 9 years +

    The Island of Adventure (Paperback)

    Enid Blyton

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    For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot, the summer holidays in Cornwall are everything they'd hoped for.

    Until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom - where a dangerous adventure awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.

    Written by Enid Blyton and very much in the style of the bestselling Famous Five and Secret Seven stories, this is an adventure that will keep young readers hooked!
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  • SBOH 9 years +

    School Bus of Horrors Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Michael Dahl

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    Michael Dahl, the bestselling author of The Library of Doom books, returns to spook children once more with a journey on the School Bus of Horrors.

    Perfect for Goosebumps fans, these scary stories follow the bus (which looks like any other bus) as it rumbles along the streets searching for its next victim...Erm, we mean passenger.

    The creepy and compelling stories are written specially for younger and developing readers. Are your children brave enough to hop on?

    What are Hi-Lo books? The subject matter is similar to other books for children aged 9 and over but the text is written in a way that will help those of a lower reading age (6 plus) build up their fluency and vocabulary.
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  • SQUI 7 years +

    Squishy Taylor Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Ailsa Wild

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    Modern Family meets Harriet the Spy in this hilarious six-book mystery series.

    Squishy Taylor is a cheeky 11-year-old who is always up to strange stuff, whether it's finding someone hiding in the basement or investigating a missing vase. She lives with her dad and step-family in a crowded apartment - but that doesn't stop her from having fun!

    With a focus on problem-solving, these creative books explore modern families and real mysteries and will encourage readers to get involved with the stories.
    Format: paperback
    • £7.99
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  • AVC2 9 years +

    The Castle of Adventure (Paperback)

    Enid Blyton

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    There's something about the castle on the hill. Why is everyone so afraid of it? What secrets lurk behind its door?

    Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are on holiday in Scotland, staying on the side of Castle Hill. When they see flashing lights in a distant tower, they decide to investigate - discovering a sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and underground passages.

    The second book from her famous Adventure series, Enid Blyton expertly combines themes of friendship and bravery through characters full of youthful inquisitiveness. A truly stunning book written by one of the most successful children's authors of all time, children aged 9+ will adore the timeless Castle of Adventure.
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  • AUQ2 9 years +

    Arsenic For Tea (Paperback)

    Robin Stevens

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    Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious. Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill - and everything points to poison. With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem - and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth . . . no matter the consequences. 'The second book in Robin Stevens' fabulous Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective series - think St Trinians mixed with Miss Marple. These are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders, jolly hockey sticks and iced buns for tea' Guardian 'A delight . . . The Agatha Christie-style clues are unravelled with sustained tension and the whole thing is a hoot from start to finish' Daily Mail 'A feelgood blend of Malory Towers and Cluedo . . . Stevens has upped her game in this new volume' Telegraph
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  • EDQ2 8 years +

    The Grunts on the Run (Paperback)

    Axel Scheffler

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    Philip Ardagh's The Grunts are hilarious characters that have delighted so many children with their marvellous misadventures. In The Grunts on the Run, there's been a prison break-out and a few of their enemies have a settle to score...

    The final book in the series, it brings back a host of familiar characters and finds a couple of unsolved mysteries finally being resolved. This book will delight fans of The 13-Storey Treehouse, David Walliams and Mr Gum.
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  • AVO2 9 years +

    The Guggenheim Mystery (Hardback)

    Robin Stevens

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    My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth GBP9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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  • EFK2 8 years +

    Hounds of Penhallow Hall: The Hidden Staircase (Paperback)

    Holly Webb

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    Magical objects come to life at Penhallow Hall but there's a toy dog who does not want to wake up...

    Left behind during World War II by evacuee owners, the little dog has quite a history behind it. When Polly invites her new friend Lucy over to tea, Lucy is also drawn to the pup. Before Polly can find out why, Lucy goes missing. Polly guesses where Lucy might be - but she'll need the little dog's help to find her...

    This is an enchanting chapter book.
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  • EDP2 8 years +

    Max the Detective Cat: The Disappearing Diva (Paperback)

    Sarah Todd Taylor

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    Max the Detective Cat gets his whiskers in a twist as he tries to discover the truth behind the disappearance of famous singer Madame Emerald.

    Why is her maid so scared? And what kind of singer doesn't like singing in public. Max is soon mixed up in a web of crime, having to dash round dancers' legs and over London rooftops to catch the thief.

    This is the purr-fect chapter book for children interested in mysteries.
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If your child loves heart-pounding adventures and adrenaline-pumping action, look no further. Our range includes ghoulish ghost story books, spellbinding mysteries and enthralling thrillers.

Popular authors kids will love

Explore our selection of riveting reads from many well-known authors whose works have captured kids’ imaginations, including Anthony Horowitz, Darren Shan, Eva Ibbotson, Enid Blyton and Andy McNab.

Ghosts, zombies, vampires and more…

Discover an assortment of terrifying and shadowy creatures in these white-knuckle tales, including mysterious ghosts, ravenous zombies and deadly vampires…

Much-loved classics guaranteed to captivate

We have a variety of tried-and-tested mystery and thriller classics, including the ever-popular Goosebumps adventures, Enid Blyton’s mystery tales, the daring exploits of Scooby-Doo and the gang, and many more.