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Christmas Mysteries for Primary Students: Favourite Sleuths Solving Crimes in the Holiday Season

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There are many popular mystery series for children and most of them have one or more volumes with a Christmas theme.

Nancy Drew

Secret Santa by Carolyn Keene (The Nancy Drew Notebooks, Simon & Schuster, 1994) A Secret Santa has been organised for Nancy’s third grade class and everyone is receiving presents, except for Nancy Drew. Could it just be an innocent mistake or is something sinister afoot?

Mistletoe Mystery by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Digest, #169, Aladdin, 2002) Someone is stealing dresses from Albemarle’s department store. Nancy sets out to find the thief and clear the name of Ali Marie. But are there too many suspects and too many Christmas shoppers getting in the way? A great read for 9-12 year old girls.


Scooby-Doo and Santa’s Bake Shop by Jesse Leon McCann (Scholastic, 2000) A fun adventure where Scooby and the gang try and find the thief who stole Santa’s sack of presents. With scratch and sniff clues, this interactive mystery will get the kids thinking and delight their senses as well. Good for very young children but may annoy parents as the stickers do not always match the pages they were designed for.

The Christmas Cookie Case by Maria S. Barbo & Duendes Del Sur (Scooby-Doo Picture Clue Book Series, Scholastic) Scooby and Shaggy have been busy baking cookies for Santa, but now someone has stolen them. Can the Scooby Gang solve the crime? An early reader for children who are just starting to read independantly. Some words are replaced with pictures to help the children along.

Jigsaw Jones

The Case of the Santa Claus Mystery by James Preller (Scholastic) It’s a tough assignment when Jigsaw Jones is hired to help Sally Ann Sims meet Santa Claus. Will Santa be clever enough to avoid Jigsaw Jones’ trap or will Sally Ann get her wish? A fun story for beginning readers.

The Case of the Christmas Snowman by James Preller (Scholastic, 1998) Lucy has lost her father’s rare coin and Jigsaw Jones is needed to find it. But can he interview Bigs Malone, the toughest kid in the grade?

The Cul-De-Sac Kids

The Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House, 1995) There’s something strange about Eric’s new neighbour. He wears a cape and carries a cane and every morning weird lights flicker from his house, accompanied by the sounds of a flute. Could he be dancing with angels? The Cul-De-Sac Kids are about to find out. A short chapter book for K-2.

Carole Marsh Mysteries

The White House Christmas Mystery by Carole Marsh (Gallopade International) A mystery set on a tour of the White House? With the recent elections still on everyone’s mind, this is a nice blend of the two most topical subjects of the moment. There is quite a bit of information within this story about the White House and how the First Family lives and fun drawings at the bottom of each page keep the reader updated on where the story is going. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Chickadee Court Mysteries

Who is Stealing the Twelve Days of Christmas by Martha Freeman (Holiday House) Who is attacking the residents of Chickadee Court and why? Alex is determined to find out. A humorous novel about the theft of front yard Christmas decorations, suitable for 9-12 year olds.

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