Wednesday, December 05, 2007

First Clues: Minute Mysteries

If you're traveling for the holidays, consider minute mysteries to pass the time in the car, on the train, or in the air. (They make great gifts too!)

I remember fondly the hours my sister and I spent reading minute mysteries to each other while on the road. (This was before the days of portable DVD players and Nintendo DS!) We would go over the clues and try to be the first to discover "whodunit". It was great fun and certainly helped us both improve our reading skills, deductive reasoning, and appreciation for the mystery books that we would later read as adults.

Ken Weber has written several editions of 5 minute mysteries books. Two of his most recent books, Absolutely Amazing Five-Minute Mysteries and Utterly Ingenious Five-Minute Mysteries, are shown below Each offers more than 40 new stories that will test your powers of observation.

Stan Smith has written three books featuring the wily logician Thomas P. Stanwick who tackles all sorts of different mysteries in Five-Minute Whodunits, Five-Minute Mini-Mysteries, and Five-Minute Crimebusters (also shown below).

Finally, for the CSI fans in your house, Jeremy Brown has written two books containing 4 minute forensic mysteries, Crime Files: Body of Evidence and Crime Files: Shadow of Doubt, covers of each depicted below.

Each of these books and more are offered on our website, .

If the special girl in your family is a fan of the American Girl series, be sure to also check out the .

We think reading mini-mysteries together is a terrific way of sharing time with your family and introducing your kids to the wonderful world of mystery books.

is pleased to provide information on over 50 mystery series for children and young adults. Each series is conveniently listed under three different age categories (New Sleuth, ages 4 to 7; Future Sleuth, aged 7 to 10; and Sleuth in Training, ages 10 and older). If you have a favorite mystery series you'd like to see added to our site, please contact us.

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