Book Review: Mystery & Mayhem – Twelve Deliciously Intriguing Mysteries (The Crime Club)

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

Publisher: Egmont Publishing

Pages: 304

Release Date: May 5th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 and detection, especially the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, The Roman Mysteries and The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow.


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 you haven’t read them. Be warned though: it’ll probably make you want to go and read all the novels!

As is always the case in short story collections, there were some I enjoyed more than others. The ones I enjoyed least were ones where I solved the mystery too quickly: I much prefer the ones that kept me guessing right until the end.

The highlight for me was probably the final story, The Mystery of Room 12 by Robin Stevens. This one was really intriguing and probably the most complex of the mysteries. I also really enjoyed the Wild West themes in The Mystery of Diablo Canyon Circle, by Caroline Lawrence, and anything by Frances Hardinge is just beautifully written.

While these stories spanned many places and times – Mel Foster and the Hound of the Baskerville even ventures into fantasy – they all have a very traditional, old fashioned mystery feel to them, and there’s sure to be something for everyone here.


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3 Replies to “Book Review: Mystery & Mayhem – Twelve Deliciously Intriguing Mysteries (The Crime Club)”

  1. Great review! I actually received an eARC of this, I haven’t read all of the stories but the first one I read was The Mystery of Room 12 by Robin Stevens because I’ve read Murder Most Unladylike so was interested in reading something else by Robin Stevens. I thought The Mystery of Room 12 was fantastic, I liked the fact that it was from James’ POV and it was interesting seeing him put pieces together to work out the mystery. I’ll probably have to get my hands on the physical copy so I can read the rest!

  2. 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 series, so you can delve further into their world if you wish.

    So many people are going to love this collection , regardless of age , as the mystery genre is so popular, and probably always will be, although there stories largely employ humour rather than darkness. I know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the different stories .

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