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Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

  • Zach Lopez vs the Unicorns of Doom

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQJ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Zach Lopez has just moved to Devil's Pass and is missing his old home already. When he meets Tiffany, Jeff and Evie in his new school, they tell him the town isn't what it seems and that strange things happen there. Zach doesn't believe it until he sees a glimpse of a white horse with a horn and a mane full of glitter. Could it really be a unicorn? Soon, Zach finds that his new friends were telling him the truth and more, that they have to save the town from a brutal infestation of carnivorous unicorns before the whole town gets eaten.
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  • Jeff Allen vs the Time Suck Vampire

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CPQ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Jeff Allen needs a new phone. But for a new phone, Jeff needs money and therefore a job. When he starts working at the new mobile phone shop for Mr Vlad, he thinks he's got it made. Soon, he notices things aren't quite right. The new phones come preloaded with a game, and everyone in town including his friends seem obsessed. But not normal-obsessed; they're Devil's Pass obsessed, which, in his town, often leads to very bad things. Jeff has to find what's causing the obsession and break the spell before the town and his friends succumb to the mortal danger in front of them.
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  • Tiffany Donovan vs the Cookie Elves of Destruction

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQH2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Tiffany Donovan has a lot of responsibility as class prefect not the least of which is the annual cake sale. When she finds a new bakery to buy biscuits from, she is thrilled with how much the people of the school and the town seem to love them. But as is always the case in Devil's Pass, the biscuits aren't what they seem. Soon anyone who has eaten the biscuits seems to be in danger of being eaten themselves, and Tiffany has to get her friends together to save the town once again.
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  • Evie Allen vs the Quiz Tournament Zombies

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQI2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Evie Allen is smart wicked smart. So smart, she's the star of her school's quiz team. But something's up in the town of Devil's Pass, as usual. The team Evie must go up against is hungry for more than just the championship they need brains to keep themselves going. It's up to Evie and her three friends to once again save the town of Devil's Pass and maybe win the competition in the process!
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  • Fade to Black

    J. A. Darke

    Product Code: AEZ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Part of the Spine Shivers series, Fade to Black finds Mila Chun wishing she knew what to say to the boy she likes. After seeing her crippling shyness, Mila's best friend Junie hands her a script explaining how to talk to him. However, this script seems to be transporting Mila on to the set of a TV show.

    Before long, Mila is seeing flashes of light, hearing people talking and laughing and seeing looming faces stare down at her. Will she be able to figure out what's going on and defeat this sinister force before the credits roll?

    This scary story is perfect for introducing children to the horror genre.
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  • The Case of the Missing Treasure: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BUOFU
    Paperback 9 years +
    A gripping mini-mystery from the bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike. 'I, the Honourable Daisy Wells, have decided to give an account of another mystery the Detective Society has faced in recent weeks. It was very exciting, and very heroic, and I was very brilliant and brave...' A daring thief has been robbing London's most famous museums. . . When Daisy's birthday treasure hunt leads them into the path of the culprit, Daisy and Hazel realise where they'll strike next - the British Museum! With help from their friends (and rivals) the Junior Pinkertons, the girls must crack codes, unravel clues and race against time to solve the mystery.
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  • Murder Most Unladylike

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AQYKE
    Paperback 9 years +
    When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't.) Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test? "Ripping good fun". (The Times). "A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp...The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of...Top class". (Financial Times). "Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it's about finding the chink in the alibi". (Telegraph).
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  • Cream Buns and Crime

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AXLVX
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy and Hazel invite you to discover their untold stories ...Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for the murder cases they have solved - but there are many other mysteries in the pages of Hazel's casebook, from the macabre Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first case of all: the Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie. Packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including two brand-new and never seen before stories, and peppered with Daisy and Hazel's own tips, tricks and facts, this is the perfect book for budding detectives and fans of the award-winning, bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.
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  • Top Marks For Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BYXRR
    Paperback 9 years +
    The brilliant new mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives' long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl - and many of the Detective Society's old allies are now their sworn enemies. Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by - a crime that they're sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean's future is at stake. Can the girls solve the case - and save their home?
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  • Jolly Foul Play

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: ARMHH
    Paperback 9 years +
    This is the fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered. Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery? Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike series: "Ripping good fun". (The Times). "Thrilling". (Guardian). "Top class". (Financial Times). "A delight". (Daily Mail).
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  • First Class Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AQYKG
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case. "A delight ...Hazel and Daisy are aboard the Orient Express: cue spies, priceless jewels, a murder and seriously upgraded bun breaks". (The Bookseller). "Addictive ...A rumbustious reworking of Agatha Christie's Orient Express caper". (New Statesman).
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  • Mistletoe and Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AVMMX
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College. Three nights before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course). The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.
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  • The Egyptian Enchantment a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRP
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves helping her Great Uncle Bert with his new exhibits at the British Museum. But when she reads a magic spell that brings to life twenty mischievous Egyptian shabtis, the museum ends up in a complete mess! Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker track down the chaotic shabtis before they destroy the whole museum? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
  • The Circus of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICP
    Paperback 9 years +
    Head off on an incredible journey with Enid Blyton's The Circus of Adventure.

    Why did Bill have to bring the babyish Gustavus with them on holiday? Jack knows he'll only be trouble ...But when Gustavus is kidnapped, along with Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot bravely set out to rescue them, leading them to a faraway land and the discovery of a plot to kill the King!

    A classic story from the author of the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Faraway Tree stories.
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  • Death in the Spotlight

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BRZBH
    Paperback 9 years +
    Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.
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  • The Guggenheim Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BQLDX
    Paperback 9 years +
    My name is Ted Spark. 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. Then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft, and I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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  • The Scroll of Alexandria a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRO
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves the Great Library and all the beautiful books that fill it. But the money hungry Head Curator of the British Museum, Sir Trevelyan Taylor wants to sell all of the ancient books to the highest bider. The missing scroll of Alexandria is the only thing that can prove that the books must stay in the museum. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and track down the missing scroll before it's too late? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • The Curse of the Cairo Cat a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AOHGS
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie's home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • The Castle of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: APPDT
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Why is everyone so afraid of the castle on the hill, and what dark secrets lurk inside its walls? Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot are on holiday in the countryside, staying on the side of Castle Hill. When flashing lights are seen in a distant tower, they decide to investigate - and discover a very sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and gloomy underground passages.
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  • The River of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICX
    Paperback 9 years +
    From Enid Blyton - the popular author who brought us the Famous Five, Secret Seven and even Noddy - The River of Adventure follows Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot as they search for Bill, who has recently disappeared.

    Going missing on a river cruise through an ancient desert, the friends find themselves trapped beneath a forgotten temple where no one has set foot for 7,000 years while they search for their friend. Will they find him? Will they escape?
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  • The Ship of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICR
    Paperback 9 years +
    With gorgeous cover artwork from picture-book artist Rebecca Cobb, this edition of The Ship of Adventure - the sixth book in Enid Blyton's Adventure series - is a great read for fans of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

    Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot head off on a voyage around the Greek islands but it's not long before it becomes a search for the lost treasure of the Andra - and some ruthless villains are hot on their trail.

    Will they find the treasure?
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  • The Ghost of the Trenches and Other Stories

    Helen Watts

    Product Code: APXKD
    Paperback 7 years +
    As the Great War raged, and in its aftermath, people created hundreds of legends and stories round it, to speak of the sadness, the heroism, the deaths. Author Helen Watts and storyteller Taffy Thomas bring together this compelling, moving collection of ghost stories and mysteries from both sides of the conflict, from the haunted U-boat to the ghost of the trenches.
  • Jon For Short

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AGFCE
    Paperback 7 years +
    Jon keeps waking up from a recurring bad dream to find that he is missing his arms and parts of his legs. Kept constantly sedated, as Jon's body disappears his nightmare gets worse. The nurses seem to hate him and the doctor won't answer his questions. Who is Joe? Why do they keep calling him by that name? Tense and horrifying, this story compels the reader to its chilling climax. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+
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  • Coraline

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: AEVPN
    Hardback 9 years +
    There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.
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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.

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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.

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