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Mystery & Mayhem: Twelve Deliciously Intriguing Mysteries

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Twelve mysteries.

Twelve authors.

One challenge: can YOU solve the crimes before the heroes of the stories?

These are twelve brand-new short stories from twelve of the best children's crime writers writing today.

These creepy, hilarious, brain-boggling, heart-pounding mysteries feature daring, brilliant young detectives, and this anthology is a must for fans of crime fiction a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Egmont
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Cora Tea Party Princess
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Mystery, murder, detectives, investigations, fun.

This was a fantastically fun read, which I enjoyed overall.

Now, I love anthologies. I love being able to delve into a short story, discover new authors, revisit favourites. I love that I can have a casual affair with a theme, never being tied to a longer story yet still being able to come back again and again.

There are twelve stories and I only skipped past one (I just didn't gel with the writing style) so I call that a definite win! The
Stacey (prettybooks)
I was excited to see Egmont publish a collection of crime short stories by some of my favourite children's authors, such as Clementine Beauvais and Katherine Woodfine. In Mystery & Mayhem, we solve baffling crimes occurring in locked rooms, encounter a whole host of canine capers, and more; it's a fun and varied collection of stories.

I'm sadly not a short story convert (still!) because more often than not, the stories end just as I start getting into them. However, the young detectives are a del
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Received from NetGalley for review.

3.5 stars

I loved this concept – a collection of twelve mystery stories with a wild variety of settings, characters, and time periods by twelve authors (all women, woo!), some of whom I have read before and loved. This is an incredibly fun collection as it challenges the reader to figure out the mysteries before the characters, something that I thoroughly enjoyed trying to do and succeeded in a few times – some of the characters are from a full novel or ser
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ukya, review-books
Really enjoyed the stories in this. The stand out ones for me had to be those by Susie Day, Harriet Whitehorn and Robin Stevens.

Emily and the detectives by Susie Day Fab little story. I loved Emily as a character and her determination to not let Victorian sexist attitudes hold her back.

Rain on my parade by Elen Caldecott I think Elen's series is one I'm going to have to puck up now based on that short story.

The mystery of the green room by Clementine Beaumais Blimey that was a bit dark.

The mys
Harj D
Thought I would give this book a try, especially since I've thoroughly enjoyed Katherine Woodfine's books so far and although this was a collaborative book of short stories by various authors, it was very enjoyable. A nice, quick read with some interesting tales and puzzles to make you think a little. I definitely enjoyed some stories more than others and it was quite an exciting feeling when I managed to solve a crime before a story had ended, but a couple of stories did fall a little flat for ...more
Daphne (Illumicrate)
A lot of fun short mysteries and the perfect middle grade book for children to read over the summer! The stories were delightful and there were definitely some stand out ones that made me want to read their author's long-form fiction (Frances Hardinge, Sally Nicholls, I'm looking at you). Like any collection, I enjoyed some stories more than others. I'm happy to admit that I did end up solving more than one of the stories, which makes me feel prouder than I should be. If there's a book you want ...more
John Fulton
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mystery & Mayhem, from Egmont Publishing, is a collection of twelve short stories featuring sabotage, missing dogs, purloined jewels – and murder.

I like a good mystery. My first book, The Wreck of the Argyll, is often described as a “WWI spy thriller”, but for me it’s just as much a mystery, with my plucky young Dundonian detectives Nancy Caird and Jamie Balfour trying to get to the bottom of the enigma of Mr Simpson and his night-time perambulations. The (probably never-to-be-published) sequel,
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this! So much fun and a great a fiery of stories. This is so perfect for reluctant or less confident readers.

Full review to come.
Serendipity Reviews
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fabulous collection of clever plottings!
I picked this up because it was the only book "by" Katherine Woodfine that my library system had available, and I wanted to check out her writing before committing to buying any of her books (based initially off the pretty cover art, let's be real). This one's actually a compilation of twelve stories by twelve different authors, including one by Woodfine.

The quality varies a bit, as with any collection, but it's actually a pretty solid anthology. It combines two of my favorites genres - children
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ordered Mystery & Mayhem because I’ve enjoyed novels by a few of the authors before and thought it’d be fun to see what they did with a short story. I love Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series, and Katherine Woodfine’s Sinclair’s Mysteries too. I also read Sally Nicholls’ Things a Bright Girl Can Do recently and enjoyed it very much. It must be said that these three were among my favourites in the collection, too. This collection of short stories is a lot of fun, and I recommend it to ...more
Liz Filleul
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a really disappointing anthology. I'm a lot older than the target market, but still enjoy reading well-written, engaging and exciting MG fiction. But too many of the stories in this collection were so dull I couldn't finish them. The stand-out stories were The Mystery of Room 12 by Robin Stevens, The Mystery of the Purloined Pearls by Katherine Woodfine, Safe Keeping by Sally Nicholls and The Mystery of Diablo Canyon Circle by Caroline Lawrence. It was particularly good to read a contem ...more
Libby Proctor
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like reading these kind of books where it is many short stories written by different authors. Because, it gives me a way of finding new authors and seeing which ones I like best and exploring the new styles of writing the different authors use. It gives me opportunities to read the work of authors I didn't know of before. I also really liked this book because I love the mystery genre and I found it really nice to go back to reading mystery books, for I haven't in a while, and I found th ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read short stories, but this collection has made me want to read more. I loved all the stories and, however much I love murder mysteries, it was nice that they didn’t all have murder - it made a change from the mysteries I usually read. Although it’s all one genre, this book has something for everyone - monsters solving mysteries, dogs, historical fiction. I would recommend to anyone.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Anthologies are always a bit of a mix bag.

Most of the mysteries in Mystery & Mayhem were fun, full of colorful characters, and kept you guessing until near the end.

There were some stories that were a bit anticlimactic and a couple had characters I didn't care for, but overall, it was a good anthology and one I would recommend to middle grade readers or lovers of middle grade fiction.

I really wish we could give half stars because Mystery & Mayhem definitely deserves 3.5 stars.
I'm not usually a fan of short story compilations, but SURPRISE! this is the first one where I've enjoyed every story. It's a fantastic collection of stellar writers with a range of mysteries through different historical periods. I knew some of the series already, but delightfully it's also given me some to pursue. Looking forward to passing this on to the school library; recommended for Y5-6.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely collection of mysteries that is well worth the read, even if not all stories are equally intriguing and not all mysteries are equally as challenging. Some are easier to solve than others, but all have a certain charm if not on their mysteriousness, in their characters or setting.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining collection of short mystery stories for children. Very varied in tone, style and setting (which is part of the attraction of the collection) but all well-written, though some of the mysteries were rather easy for an adult to figure out.
Mitasha Kirpalani
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I mistakenly picked this up thinking it was for adults but it was still enjoyable. Definitely meant for young teens at the oldest - I would recommend it to any mystery lovers around the ages of 7-12. Some fun stories and a very good range! Something in here for everybody!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a fan of short stories but this was a fun collection.
Z Plum
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would love to read more short stories about these characters.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-and-dd
Mystery fans young and old will love these 12 delectable mysteries written in the same vein as Agatha Christie.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the stories but didn't find them as suspenseful as I usually like them.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite good though some mysteries were a little tedious.
Curtis Grove
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

I’m surprised I liked it as much as I did - It was a very fun, quick read and I managed to solve 6 or 7 of the mysteries before the detectives, but they were still enjoyable nonetheless :)
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Has some of the best mini mystery stories I've ever read. Including some great authors writing. They were short but I was interested by every story.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read these with my nephew and we enjoyed them.

Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really fun read, super quick and some amazing stories. Giving no names
Katherine Sunderland
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant collection of mystery stories which are a perfect introduction to the explosion of fresh new voices writing detective fiction for young adults. It is also a great introduction both to the genre of mystery stories and short stories as well as a tantalising read for current fans of all these writers.

I was very keen to read this collection as I have been totally captivated by the recent publications by Woodfine and Stevens; enchanted by their stunning book covers, charmed by th
Auro Books
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read short story books because, in my opinion, thrillers and mysteries need more than 20 pages to build the mystery and solve it.

That's why my expectations weren't too high with this book but I really enjoyed it.

I, obviously, liked some stories more than other, but overall I thought it was quite a cute book. Some of them were funny, some other were a bit more creepy. Some stories were easier to solve and in a few of them I was so lost!

I liked that all the cases are solved by kid
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Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling SINCLAIR'S MYSTERIES series, beginning with THE CLOCKWORK SPARROW which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC. She now combines writin

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