Russell Yates


My wife Linda is a big mystery fan. She gets "hooked" by the puzzle to be solved in the story and by the way the characters come up with the solution. She finds it a challenge to try and solve the mystery before it is revealed in the book. Once you start reading a good mystery you will find it very hard to put it down until you are finished!

Mysteries can be divided into several different categories. There are puzzle type stories, detective/crime stories, and suspense stories. They all give the reader a chance to become involved in the story's solution through clues and character descriptions.

Put on your best Sherlock Holmes' hat and give the mysteries at MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries a try. You will find a new mystery to solve each week along with scary stories, magic tricks, and even some contests.

Another great mystery website is Millennium Mystery Madness. It is a Thinkquest and as such has lots of great information. Read through it, especially the "Author Tips" section. Next, follow the link to the "You Be The Author!" page. There you will find tons of helpful hints to help you write your own mystery, including some great story starters! When you are finished writing your mystery story and have shared it with your class, email it to the people at Millennium Mystery Madness, they may publish it on their website for you!

You may choose to finish a story at the Mystery: You're the Detective website also if you wish. This Thinkquest website was created by a group of sixth grade students and comes complete with a list of their favorite mystery books.

If you want to discover more mysteries, here is a list of some that you might find at your library.

  • Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson
  • The Murder of Hound Dog Bates by Robbie Branscum
  • The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  • Tarot Says Beware by Betsy Byars
  • Wolf Rider by Avi
  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

Also don't forget some of the mystery series such as:

  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Babysitter's Club
  • The Hardy Boys
  • The Boxcar Children

Remember, use the email link to give me some clues as to what you think about mysteries and what you learned!

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