Now for the last genre of series books I will cover...but not the last list. After browsing my shelves for fiction series, I realized that it would be a ridiculously long list. So I've decided to sub-divide it into categories. The first I will tackle will be mysteries. These books are probably the most sought after in my library. Everyone loves a good "whodunit." Here are some your children (or you) might enjoy.
We will start with the most obvious. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew have thrilled young readers for decades with their mystery escapades. I've been told that newer versions have been revised with less desirable character qualities so you might want to search out older editions
I still have the exact volume of Trixie Belden that my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Elkins, gave me as an award for perfect attendance in 1972. This book set me on a path of reading voraciously. Many in my library have rediscovered Trixie and her friends as they have adventures and solve mysteries.
A few years ago, a new family came into my library. Young 9 year old Cara asked if I had a series of books called The Happy Hollisters. Her father had devoured them as a boy and he wanted to share them with his children. She was thrilled to find I had several and she and many others have enjoyed them again and again.
Another popular series for children is The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Four orphans siblings living in a boxcar, solve fun mysteries. It's important to note that there are dozens of Boxcar Children titles but only the first 19 were written by Warner.
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope is another wholesome vintage series featuring child mystery solvers. This link takes you to 15 titles for Kindle for only 99 cents.
Cherry Ames by Helen Wells is yet another older mystery series. Follow along with Nurse Ames on her mysterious adventures.
Encyclopedia Brown is a boy detective who has been thrilling young readers for many years. These are great for reluctant-reader boys.
Nate the Great is a favorite boy detective series for beginning readers. When my oldest son, now 25, was learning to read, he devoured these fun titles.
What would a list of mysteries be without the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. Watson?
Dorothy Sayers is best known in the homeschooling world as friend to C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as well as her thoughts on the classical Trivium. However she is also famous for her excellent mystery writing. Lord Peter Wimsey is featured in both novels and short stories.
It seems some of the greatest minds contributed the most intriguing mystery stories. G.K Chesterton's endearing Father Brown mysteries are filled with both wit and literary power.
If you love history and mystery, you shouldn't miss the Brother Cadfael titles by Ellis Peters. Set in medieval England and Wales, this exciting series is addicting. There are many titles in this series and should be read in order.
There are so many mystery series, I'm sure I've missed some favorites. Please share in the comments any you have enjoyed. Choose a good mystery and match your wits with some of the best crime solvers.