Butler, William Vivian. “The Young Detective’s Handbook.” Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. Introduces aspiring detectives to the fundamentals of criminal investigation. Includes games and activities to develop skill in fingerprinting, interpreting clues, organizing investigations, making deductions, and using secret messages, codes, and disguises.
Conway, Judith. “Detective Tricks You Can Do.” Mahwah, New Jersey: Troll Associates, 1986. Follows two young detectives through an investigation and introduces such tricks and techniques as mirror writing, codes, invisible ink, fingerprinting, and other tools of the trade.
Hildick, E.W. “The Case of the Wandering Weather Vanes: A McGurk Mystery.” New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., 1988. One of a series of stories involving the children’s detective agency headed by McGurk, who solve mysteries using deductive reasoning.
Landon, Linda. “Meg Mackintosh and the Mystery in the Locked Library.” Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993. One of a series. In this case Meg investigates the theft of a rare book from a locked library. The reader is challenged to solve the mystery before Meg using clues in both text and illustrations.
Simon, Seymour. “Einstein Anderson Tells a Comet’s Tale.” New York: Viking Press, 1981. The scientific child sleuth solves ten puzzling cases each with a scientific based solution children will understand.
Sobol, Donald J. “Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt.” New York: Morrow Junior Books,. 1988. Very popular series of two-minute mysteries first published in 1924. Solutions to the mysteries are published at the end of the book.