The popular mystery writer Agatha Christie would have been 125 years old this year. In her honor, here is a batch of new historical mysteries featuring girl detectives.
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
This is more steampunk than historical fiction, but how could I leave it out? “Imagines an alternate 1826 London, where Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects”– Provided by publisher.
This title is available on the Children’s Services Nook and as a Playaway audiobook.
The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb
Junior sleuth Maisie Hitchins, who lives in her grandmother’s boarding house in Victorian London, uncovers an intriguing plot involving stolen sausages, pilfered halfpennies, and a fast-paced bicycle chase. This not-too-scary mystery is a good choice for younger chapter book readers. It is also available as a Playaway audiobook.
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to rescue Noah’s father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco. This is a brand new title by the author of the popular Al Capone Does My Shirts.
The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
“In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell’s own father. Includes author’s note and bibliographic references”– Provided by publisher.
Although Nell is fictional, Kate Warne was a real detective!
This book is also available as a downloadable ebook and e-audiobook through eRead Illinois.
Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook through 3M.
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum finds herself in a mysterious situation. Her parents were just about to abandon her when she is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
“Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school”– Provided by publisher.
To be fair, they are trying to solve the murder. The audiobook (available on CD and as a download) won an Odyssey Honor. An ebook is also available to download.
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.
Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge
Thirteen-year-old Penelope, the secret author of macabre tales in “The Penny Dreadful,” Victorian London’s bestselling magazine, investigates the mystery of a strange phenomenon occurring in the local insane asylum.
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
In 1953 ten-year-old Octobia May lives in her Aunt’s boarding house in the South, surrounded by an African American community which has its own secrets and internal racism, and spends her days wondering if Mr. Davenport in room 204 is really a vampire–or something else entirely. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook and a Playaway audiobook.