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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
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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
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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
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Sigourney
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 serie
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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) seq
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Mehsi
This will just be a general review, I decided to just read and enjoy the book opposed to keep tracking of each story and their ratings. That keeping track just distracts from reading, and I also don't always have stuff ready to write down the rating + short description.

This book is 12 stories full of mystery, murder, mayhem, poison, and much much more. The stories are all short (20~ pages), and the stories range from told in the modern time to Victorian age (or thereabouts). The MCs in each stor
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Kirsty
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books, ukya
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 myst
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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
Sophie
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!
Katrina
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
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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
Seawood
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.
Pili
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.
Joy Deane
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.
Z Plum
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would love to read more short stories about these characters.
Marian
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agent-a-m-read
Mystery fans young and old will love these 12 delectable mysteries written in the same vein as Agatha Christie.
Patricia
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the stories but didn't find them as suspenseful as I usually like them.
Kate
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a fan of short stories but this was a fun collection.
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
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Michelle
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about Mystery & Mayhem I was very intrigued. I love anthologies as they give you the chance to sample a variety of author all in one book. When I got the chance to take part in the blog tour I jumped at the chance.

As Mystery & Mayhem has a few stories, all split into its own category, I'm just going to review one book from each category, and mention the other books from the category.


Impossible Mysteries
* Emily and the Detectives by Susie Day
Emily is often overlooke
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aigroiGS
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a big surprise for me because I have never heard about it before. I was wondering in a bookshop and I saw it on a shelve, with its beautiful cover and I decided to give him a chance.
I like crime stories, though I am not a good detective at all, and I have always read Agatha Christie's books, so, I wanted to see if these stories were better then Poirot's or Miss Marple's ones.
Though I can't say they are better than Agatha Christie's ones, they are really fascinating also because the
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Andrew
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

When I first heard of this collection of short stories, I was intrigued. Plus, this was when I actually started planning Murder Month (as in getting books/ebooks/audiobooks at the ready) so when I saw this on NetGalley, I couldn't resist requesting and holding for the best. To my surprise, I was approved (I'm not great at NetGalley books) so I started within a 48 hours of approval.

12 authors. 12 short stories. 12 mysteries to solve. Can you solve the crimes befo
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Maia Moore
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

I don’t read a lot of mystery stories so this was something new for me. I’ve heard of a lot of the authors but not read their stories, so this was a little taster into their worlds.

Some seemed to be stand alone stories while others were clearly characters from their novels. Don’t let this put you off if you’ve not read them: it’s easy to follow and you won’t feel like you’re missing anything if y
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Robyn
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Apple antitrust settlement | A collection of almost completely wonderful stories, at a very good price. | This popped up when I bought Woodfine's The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, and since I enjoyed that so much I went ahead and got this one at the same time that I bought her sequel. I would have picked it up anyway, though, due entirely to the inclusion of a new story by Frances Hardinge. Just as I have always been with Diana Wynne Jones, I am a Hardinge evangelist. Read her. She's wonderf ...more
Ren
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Once again I am rather disappointed by anthologies. I felt like the stories here were very uneven, some were "WOW!" and some were just "meh". I'll just list the ones that I liked best, there's a few that I didn't even finish.

Emily and the Detectives by Susie Day – I liked the idea but it felt like there was more story than a compressed format allowed, it felt like the author was telling me a plot idea rather than a fully formed story. Characters were cute, though, including the hopeless adults.

G
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MinnieZee
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked most of the storied but one or two of them were a little boring
Shelbycat
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
This is a great collection of short detective and mystery stories written for youngsters. It would be a great introduction for a youngster who isn't sure whether they like these kind of stories. There is a great selection here although I would have preferred if they weren't collected together in the book with similar stories one after the other. I found that this made the stories appear a little formulaic and slightly dull. I would have preferred if they had just been sprinkled throughout the bo ...more
Verity W
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
***Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****

I love children's mystery stories - I have done since I was a child - and these are a really great mix - some historical, some contemporary, some with characters from other stories (I met old friends and discovered new books to look into) some completely standalone. I raced through these on a couple of train journeys, and although I figured out about 50% of the solutions that wasn't a problem (I was actually quite proud of myself!). This w
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Eileen Hall
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great mix of stories of mystery and mayhem for children.
They are in turn mysterious and thought provoking.
The authors are unknown to me, but I would put them on a par with Agatha Christie albeit toned down for children.
My favourite story is "Dazzle, Dog Biscuits and Disaster" by Kate Pankhurst.
Adults will also enjoy these 12 stories.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Egmont Publishing via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
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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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