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The Best Crime Books for 12 Year Olds

Embark on a thrilling literary journey as we delve into the gripping world of crime books for 12-year-olds. From mysterious detectives to daring young sleuths, these novels are packed with suspense, intrigue, and puzzles that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. Get ready to unlock the secrets of captivating mysteries and explore the fascinating realm of crime fiction perfect for the inquisitive minds of pre-teens.

The After School Crime Club

Written by Hayley Webster
9-12
Willow has always felt like an outsider at school, but she and her Nanna were so alike that she never felt alone. Now Nanna is gone and Willow is adrift. So when a group of girls offer her friendship in exchange for "fun" stealing dares, Willow can't say no. But…
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Murder At Twilight

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
Shortlisted for CrimeFest Awards' Best Crime Novel for Children 2019 When Viv has a fight with Noah, she doesn't think it'll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he's nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens…
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Murder In Midwinter

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
Sitting on the top deck of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. They see her watching, she looks away, and the woman disappears. Maya goes to the police, who shrug and send her away. Then a body…
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The Secret Detectives

Written by Ella Risbridger
9-12
A gripping, beautifully written historical mystery, from an incredible new voice in children's fiction. The body seemed to fall for a long time. There was no splash, or if there was it was lost in the waves. Isobel was frozen to the spot for a moment - and then her…
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The Black Crow Conspiracy

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
Step into the past in this spine-tingling historical adventure from award-winning author Christopher Edge. Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she's the author. It's 1902. London…
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Secrets of the Snakestone

Written by Piu DasGupta
9-12
In this breathtaking adventure, Zélie and Jules face a deadly race to solve a family mystery and a vicious crime that stretches from the jungles of Calcutta to the sewers of Paris. Zélie is often accused of being a witch, but she doesn't believe in magic. Until Jules climbs up…
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Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Rose was left by her mother at the door of Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders as a baby. It is her home, and she loves it, but she never stops wondering who she really is. When murder threatens to destroy the music hall, Rose will need all her performance…
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Deadlock

Written by Simon Fox
9-12
Perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl, Simon Fox's latest action-packed thriller is ideal for readers too young for Jack Reacher or Line of Duty. Archie Blake thought his policeman father teaching him how to pick locks and open safes was just a bit of fun. But when…
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Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire!: A Sprinkling of Danger

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Beatriz Castro
9-12
Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night - Alice Éclair leads an exciting double life! On a glamorous movie set at the Palace of Versailles, someone is leaking national secrets. Is it…
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Alice Éclair: A Dash of Daring

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Beatriz Castro
9-12
Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night - Alice Éclair leads an exciting double life! At France's Olympics training camp, a brilliant young cyclist needs help. Her father has disappeared - along…
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Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Spoonful of Spying

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor
9-12
Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night - Alice Éclair leads an exciting double life! Inventors and artists have gathered in Paris for the World Fair. All eyes are on the aeroplane…
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Rose Campion and the Christmas Mystery

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
It's pantomime season at Campions' Palace of Varieties and Wonders - but Rose Campion and her friends have more to worry about than who'll be filling the role of Cinderella. The Duchess - the deadly ruler of the London criminal underworld - has been released from prison, and she has…
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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang? With cover illustration by David…
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Waiting for Murder

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
The perfect thriller for the long, hot school holidays. It's a long, hot summer. As the water drains away from the reservoir, a car emerges. And there seems to be a body in it, a body that then disappears... Daniel and Florence start to investigate and uncover a long-ago robbery,…
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Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Business has never been better for Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders - and the music hall is about to open its doors to its biggest act yet: the Illustrious Gandini, the stage magician known as the Great Wizard of the North. But when the Doomstone Diamond - a priceless…
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Saving Sophia

Written by Fleur Hitchcock Illustrated by Robert Ball
9-12
All Lottie wants to do is have adventures, but no such luck. Until she meets Sophia, a girl surrounded by mystery and danger. When the two run away from a staged kayak accident to find Sophia's mum, Lottie learns a lot about being the hero. No matter how many adventures…
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Dear Scarlett

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
All this time Scarlett's thought her dad was a thief, but years after his death a strange man turns up at the door and hands her a box, "on her father's instructions". Inside is a baffling series of clues that leads Scarlett and her friend, Ellie, on a wild, scary,…
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Looking for Emily

Written by Fiona Longmuir
9-12
A hugely gripping, fast-paced mystery adventure, with brilliant twists and turns, from a fresh and exciting new voice in children's books. When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she's sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon…
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