What Kids and Teachers Think
Some mysteries are detective stories where the clues from the stories are presented to the reader at the same time that the detective in the story receives them.
Some of the most popular children's books have been mysteries. Some examples are the Nancy Drew Series and the Hardy Boys Series. These books were written by many different authors using a pseudonym. So the Nancy Drew books are all listed as written by Carolyn Keene.
Some early mysteries were "The Murders in Rue Morgue" (1841) and "The Purloined Letter."(1845) both by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was influenced by Charles Dickens.
Sherlock Holmes stories, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, came on to the mystery scene in 1887 with his book, "A Study in Scarlet" (1887)."
The first woman to write a detective novel has Katherine Anne Greene who wrote "The Leavenworth Case" in 1878. However the the most famous woman in this field was Agatha Christie (1890-1976) who wrote more than 80 mystery novels in her 50-year career.
|Really fun mystery activities for kids! (writing contests, weekly puzzles, and more!)|
|MysteryNet, which is "mystery central" online! (source for this page)|
|SFF Net (Great site for all kinds of genre literature)|
|History of the Mystery, on MysteryNet (source for this page)|
|MysteryNet's very good description of the different types of mystery stories|
|Ultimate Mystery Web Guide|
|Sisters In Crime (great info on women mystery authors!)|
If you know of any good Mystery links, please visit our
Contact Us page
and fill out the form, letting us know about the link!