Friday, May 5, 2017

Shining the Spotlight on Mysteries


Solving mysteries is always fun! Putting the pieces together in books we read and write can be very satisfying. In honor of Mystery Week on Goodreads, we're sharing a few of our favorite mysteries with you. We look forward to hearing about the stories that kept you guessing!


Stephanie's Favorites

Nancy Drew- What can I say? I devoured these books growing up.  My aunt passed along a few copies she had to me when I was in fifth grade and I fell in love with the stories. I would go to the library and check out eight at a time, reading them all back to back. It didn't take me long to read them all, as I would sometimes read two in a day! I couldn't get enough, and it was a little bittersweet for me when I got to the end of the series.


At the time I had no idea that the books were written by different writers all using the same name. I didn't learn that bit of information until a few years ago. At first, I was a little sad, but then I realized that the books sparked my love for mysteries and I truly enjoyed diving into Nancy's world.

Sammy Keyes- Sammy is spunky and fun! She is a modern day sleuth who stumbles into trouble. Luckily, when she is faced with danger she manages to stay ahead of things!

I read the first book in the series with my first fifth grade class, and I laughed out loud when Sammy waved at a thief she saw through her binoculars. The stories are fast paced and full of action. Sammy's antics help to lighten the mood. Definitely a great series to get into!

Jess's Favorites
Edward Gorey- Yes, the master of mystery always keeps me guessing. I love his writing and illustrations. The twists and turns in his stories and pictures are captivating, and the clues can be anything and anywhere. Recently, Fairday reviewed a book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House With A Clock in Its Walls. It's a great mystery matched with excellent illustrations. If you want to check it out, click here.

Harriet the Spy- Sometimes, spying can get you into trouble. No one knows that better than Harriet. Imagine losing your notebook with all your secret thoughts, and then having them found by the people who you were writing about. It's important to collect clues, but being careful with your evidence is key. A fun mystery to follow along with!


There are many kinds of mysteries and nothing is better than curling up with one. We've shared some that have kept us turning the pages, and we'd love to hear about the stories you love!


42 comments:

  1. I too enjoyed Nancy Drew growing up; always fun trying to solve the mysteries :) And I agree, there is never too much as too many books.

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    1. Betty- Nancy and friends were a lot of fun! Glad to hear you enjoyed them too. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  2. I have always loved mystery books,and you can never have too Many books! Hugs Valerie

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    1. Valerie- We agree! We love mysteries and books in general. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  3. I went with the Hardy Boys growing up at our sea.

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    1. Pat- The Hardy Boys are great too! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  4. I love all of those! I loved The Hardy Boys, too. Too many books? Never!

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    1. Patty- Never enough books! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  5. Nancy Drew! So loved those books.

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    1. Brenda- Nancy Drew had lots of adventures for sure! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  6. We love Nancy Drew -- but we did not realize that about the different authors. We're also really big fans of a book called The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow :) Wonderful post, ladies! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Michele and Mckenzie- I was surprised when I learned about the different authors playing the role of Carolyn Keene. Thanks for sharing the other mystery you are big fans of. You made us both smile!! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  7. I loved mysteries then, I love them now. No Nancy Drew on this side of the pond though.

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    1. EC- Mysteries are fun. How interesting that Nancy Drew isn't on that side of the pond. :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  8. Aquele shampoo funcionou muito bem para o meu cabelo! Estou apaixonada por ele! ;)

    Não conhecia nenhum desses livros. Mas gosto de mistérios! O meu favorito é "A Marca de uma Lágrima".

    Ótimo sábado!

    Beijo! ^^

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    1. Amanda- We will have to check out the book you recommended. It is new to us! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  9. Hi DMS - definitely not too many books! I used to devour mysteries ... Agatha Christie and onwards ... Sherlock Holmes, Ngaio Marsh ... still enjoying watching them - relaxed and easy to switch off ...

    I missed Nancy Drew and Edward Gorey .. but I know they are much loved ... cheers and have a good weekend - Hilary

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    1. Hilary- There are so many books to read! Mysteries keep us guessing and it is always fun to discover new titles or favorites of friends. I haven't read Sherlock Holmes- but I have been planing to give one a try. Thanks for the reminder. :) ~Stephanie

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  10. I never read them but I can see how they can be very interesting to reader

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    1. Dezmond- There are lots of genres for people to pick and choose from. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  11. Mystery books are so good, I think the name that stands out for me is Agatha Christie ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan- I am amazed I forgot about her while writing this post. I read tons of her books in middle school. :) ~Stephanie

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  12. I ver really liked Nancy Drew books, but I read my way through all of Agatha Christie when I was about 12 or 13.

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    1. Kate- That was around the same time I read Agatha Christie! :) ~Stephanie

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  13. I was not a reader until I became an adult, and never read any of the books mentioned. Then when I started teaching, I read lots of books with my students, but can't recall a specific mystery. My brain's not working tonight.

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    1. Beverly- We love that you read so many books with your students. It can be hard to find book titles on the spot- we can totally understand. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  14. Oh my goodness I remember the Sammy Keyes mysteries! I used to read those all the time when I was little and I was in love with the mysteries and the characters. I hadn't thought of the series for ages until you mentioned them again :)

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    1. Olivia-Savannah- How awesome that you know Sammy Keyes. She is hilarious and full of spunk. Glad to remind you of the series! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  15. I devoured Nancy Drew books too! I went through a huge Agatha Christie phase too.

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    1. Theresa- Agatha Christie was a big hit with us too! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  16. I loved reading as a kid as well. My mom would take my sister and I to the library every couple of weeks for a new stack of books. I never realized how rare that much reading was until I got older.

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    1. Tamara- Sounds like we think the same way. Love getting stacks of library books. Glad your mom took you to the library! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  17. I love reading suspense and thrillers. Thanks for this list!

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    1. Nas- We totally agree! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Anna- Love Nancy Drew! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  19. One of the first books I read was Nancy Drew's. :)
    Oh, childhood memories. I was happy they made a movie.

    This a great list.

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    1. Lux- We haven't seen the movie. We'll have to check it out! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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    1. Magic Love Crow- They are such fun! :) ~Stephanie and Jess

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  21. My elder sister loved Nancy Drew. (They were always a bit grown up for my taste and when I also got to that age of reading ND, I got distracted by other books, so I never read them!)

    I love Harriet the Spy. Such a non-conventional children's book heroine.

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    1. Claudine- Awesome that your older sister loved ND. I can understand getting distracted by other books. :)

      Harriet is definitely not your typical heroine! ~Stephanie and Jess

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