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Mystery

Movies:

Enola Holmes (2020)

When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother is missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.”

Director: Harry Bradbeer.

Writers: Jack Thorne (screenplay by), Nancy Springer (based upon the book by), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on characters created by).

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter.

Enola Holmes 2 (2022)

Now a detective-for-hire, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends – and Sherlock himself – to unravel.”

Director: Harry Bradbeer.

Writers: Jack Thorne (screenplay by), Harry Bradbeer (story by), Nancy Springer (based upon the book by), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on characters created by).

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Louis Partridge, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter.

Middle-Grade Books:

Rebecca SteadWhen You Reach Me (2009)

Miranda is an ordinary sixth grader, until she starts receiving mysterious messages from somebody who knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.”

 Sophie Cleverly, The Lost Twin (2015)

Scarlet and Ivy #1

Pitch:

After her troublemaking twin, Scarlet, vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, shy Ivy tries to track her down, using pieces of Scarlet’s journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find.

Book Blurb:

Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…

When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.

But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…”

Reading Order:

  1. The Lost Twin (2015)
  2. The Whispers in the Walls (2015)
  3. The Dance in the Dark (2016)
  4. The Lights Under the Lake (2017)
  5. The Curse in the Candlelight (2017)
  6. The Last Secret (2019)

Adult Books:

Elizabeth Peters, Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)

Amelia Peabody #1

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers-the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one-one mummy that is, and a singularly lively example of the species.

Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy-and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last…”

Elizabeth Peters, Summer of the Dragon (1979)

A good salary and an all-expenses-paid summer spent a sprawling Arizona ranch is too good a deal for fledgling anthropologist D.J. Abbott to turn down. What does it matter that her rich new employer/benefactor, Hank Hunnicutt, is a certified oddball who is presently funding all manner of off-beat projects, from alien conspiracy studies to a hunt for dragon bones? There’s even talk of treasure buried in the nearby mountains, but D.J. isn’t going to allow loose speculation — or the considerable charms of handsome professional treasure hunter Jesse Franklin — to sidetrack her.

Until Hunnicutt suffers a mysterious accident and then vanishes, leaving the weirdos gathered at his spread to eye each other with frightened suspicion. But on a high desert search for the missing millionaire, D.J. is learning things that may not be healthy for her to know. For the game someone is playing here goes far beyond the rational universe — and it could leave D.J. legitimately dead.”

Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me (2014)

Hidden Legacy #1

Book Blurb:

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.”

Reading Order:

  1. Burn for Me (2014)
  2. White Hot (2017)
  3. Wildfire (2017)