I doubt I’ll ever solve the mystery to a serial killer’s identity, but I sure do love to read about it and try to solve the puzzle before the end of the book. After the cubs go to bed, find a safe place to pull out one of these Young Adult Mysteries.
A research project turns deadly when Nora Kane discovers her best friend was murdered over the letter they were translating. She travels to Europe with her school friends to search for a clue mentioned in the letter – an ancient machine called the Lumen Dei. But everything changes as Nora’s boyfriend disappears and he’s implicated as the #1 suspect. Cue the music…
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Kat Rosenfield
Definitely not a book for the younger cubs, but a thriller so good that it’s been nominated for an Edgar Award. Dumped by her boyfriend the day she graduated high school, Becca learns that a girl was beaten to death near where she and her now ex-boyfriend last rendezvoused. Chilling scenes of Amelia Anne’s last days intersperse with Becca’s downward emotional spiral from the fallout of the murder, her suffocating small town and the courage needed to move forward.