19 Best Murder Mystery Books For Teens

Teenagers often want mysterious stories to transport them to worlds filled with suspense and challenges. Murder mystery books offer the perfect blend of thrilling stories, mysteries, and adventures for young adults.

In this post, we will explore the 19 Best Murder Mystery Books For Teens.

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The murder mystery books mentioned in this post are based on comprehensive research and reviews and are considered some of the Murder Mystery Books For Teens.

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Overview Of The 19 Best Murder Mystery Books For Teens.

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The Lake

In “The Lake” by Natasha Preston, Esme and Kayla go back to Camp Lakes, where they were campers before. Esme thinks it’s funny how scared the young girls are, just like they used to be. But they both have a dark secret from their camper days that they’ve kept hidden for a long time. However, they get a scary message that their old secret is coming back to haunt them and could ruin their lives.

They All Had A Reason

In “They All Had A Reason” by Michele Leathers, Charlotte thinks her life would be great if she had everything that Bellany has. But then, Bellany gets killed, and Charlotte’s life gets worse. People think Charlotte might be the killer because of some rumors. She has to figure out, find the killer, and clear her name.

The Fear

In “The Fear” by Natasha Preston, a social media meme circulating in a small town takes a turn as people start dying due to their fears. Izzy, determined to find the truth, investigates the deaths. As she delves deeper into the mystery, she finds herself on a dangerous way toward the killer and her own fears.

Even If We Break

In “Even If We Break” by Marieke Nijkamp, five friends go on a cabin trip. But they all have secrets and problems. They start playing a murder mystery game, and it becomes hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. People start getting hurt, and someone wants to hurt them all. They have to hurry and survive before the game ends in disaster.

Firekeeper’s Daughter 

In “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, is about Daunis, who feels like she doesn’t fit in her hometown. She wants to go to college for a fresh start, but her family faces a tragedy, so she stays to care for her mom. When she sees a shocking murder, she gets involved in an investigation. Daunis goes undercover, using her knowledge to find the killer.

Two for Joy

In “Two for Joy” by Zoey Sugg, Audrey and Ivy want to find out who killed Lola. But when one of their friends goes missing, they’re caught up in another mystery. Audrey and Ivy have to dig deeper into their school’s hidden secrets to solve it.

The Diviners

In “The Diviners” by Libba Bray, Evangeline excited about leaving her hometown, arrives in New York City. She has to live with her uncle Will. Evie is worried she’ll discover her special power, which caused trouble so far. When a murdered girl appears, she gets involved in the case, and Evie realizes her power might help catch a serial killer.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder 

In “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson, the town is haunted by a tragic story, high school senior Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. Five years later, Pip, a senior herself decides to investigate the case for her final project. However, as she delves deeper, she finds dark secrets that suggest Sal might be innocent.

This Is Where It Ends 

“This Is Where It Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp is a story about a high school in Alabama. The day begins with a welcome speech from the principal. However, things quickly go wrong when the hall doors won’t open, and a student starts shooting. In just a short time, four students encounter the boy with the gun. This book shows the bravery of young boys and the mystery behind this event.

The Twin

In “The Twin” by Natasha Preston, Ivy and Iris used to live apart because their parents got divorced. But when their mom dies in a sad accident, they come back together. But Iris starts acting strangely around Ivy and her friends. Ivy begins to feel like something is wrong with Iris. She thinks Iris might be planning something against her.

Before I Let Go

In “Before I Let Go” by Marieke Nijkamp, Corey and Kyra are best friends in a small snowy town. When Corey’s family moves away, they promise to stay connected. Corey plans to visit Kyra, but just before her trip, she learns that Kyra has died. As Corey delves deeper into the mystery and asks questions, she becomes more suspicious, discovering the secrets the town is hiding.

Good Girl Bad Blood

In “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson, Pip and Ravi Singh made a successful podcast about a murder they solved. Pip said she wouldn’t investigate again, but when Jamie, goes missing, she can’t ignore it. The police won’t help, so Pip starts looking for Jamie, discovering more secrets in her town.

The Sinister Booksellers of Bath

In “The Sinister Booksellers of Bath” by Garth Nix, there’s a city called Bath where strange things often happen. Some special booksellers keep an eye on these problems. One of these booksellers, Merlin, gets into trouble. His sister Vivien and Susan, who has magical powers, begin to rescue him. They have to solve the mysteries by looking into many secrets and deaths. If they don’t succeed, more people could be in danger.

As Good as Dead

In “As Good as Dead” by Holly Jackson, Pip is getting ready for college but can’t forget her past investigation. Pip realizes someone is following her in real life. Pip takes it upon herself to find the truth before she becomes the next victim. As she delves deeper, she solves dark secrets in her small town.

How We Fall Apart

In “How We Fall Apart” by Katie Zhao, Nancy and her friends used to be close to Jamie, who is now dead. But they get blamed for her murder. To protect their lives, they need to find the real killer.

The Cheerleaders

In “The Cheerleaders” by Kara Thomas, there are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook. They all died in a terrible car accident, by some cruel murders. The school wants to remember the lost cheerleaders, while Monica just wants to forget. However, her life starts to get complicated as she finds some letters on her desk. The things that happened five years ago are not finished, and Monica is right in the middle of a dark mystery.

All Your Twisted Secrets

In “All Your Twisted Secrets” by Diana Urban, a group of high school students is invited to a dinner, but it turns out to be a trap. They’re locked in a room with a bomb, and they have to choose one person to kill in an hour, or they’ll all die. As time runs out, they become confused and scared, and they have to decide who to sacrifice.

One for Sorrow

In “One for Sorrow” by Zoe Sugg, Illumen Hall is a boarding school, where tragedy strikes when a student’s body is found on the beach. Audrey feels nervous about this and Ivy wants to move forward. However, when someone starts threatening one of them as the next target, Audrey and Ivy must join forces to find the truth.

The Female of the Species

In “The Female of the Species” by Mindy McGinnis, Alex holds a deadly secret. Three years ago, when her sister Anna was murdered, and her killer went free, Alex couldn’t control her violent impulses. She took revenge on those she believed were responsible for Anna’s death, which led to a terrible act.


We hope that our list of murder mystery books for teens has given you some great options to choose from and your teenager will have fun while exploring these mysterious books.

The mystery books recommended in this list have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, and are considered some of the best Murder Mystery Books For Teens. While I may not have personally read all of these mystery books, they have been highly recommended by other readers.

We would love to hear from you about which murder mystery book your teenager enjoyed the most, or if there is a favorite book that we missed.

Best wishes and happy reading!

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