13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over As A Kid
Sorry, Sherlock. You've been replaced.
How well did your inner sleuth solve the cases in these books?
1. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Synopsis: Young Nate solves crimes with the help of his trusty dog, Sludge.
Year of First Publication: 1972
Number of Books in Series: 26
Fun Fact: There's a spin-off series featuring Nate's cousin, Olivia Sharp.
2. Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield
Synopsis: Detective Dinosaur solves mini-crimes in these beginner-reader books.
Year of First Publication: 1998
Number of Books in Series: 3
Fun Fact: In 2010, Detective Dinosaur Undercover won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award.
3. Jigsaw Jones by James Preller
4. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
5. Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler
Synopisis: Fifth grader Jennifer "Cam" Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve puzzling mysteries.
Year of First Publication: 1980
Number of Books in Series: 35 in the original series
Fun Fact: In 2004, there was an off-Broadway play based on the series.
6. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
7. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
Synopsis: Basil of Baker Street gets to the bottom of mysteries going on in the mouse community, which resides inside Sherlock Holmes' cellar.
Year of First Publication: 1958
Number of Books in Series: 5
Fun Fact: Disney's The Great Mouse Detective is based on Titus' books.
8. The Boxcar Children by Gerturde Chandler Warner
Synopsis: Four orphaned children solve mysteries while playing in a boxcar in their grandfather's backyard.
Year of First Publication: 1924, but reissued in 1942
Number of Books in Series: 139 in the original series — Warner only wrote the first 19 books, and the rest were written by various authors.
Fun Fact: An animated movie was made in 2014, and included the voice talents of Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons.
9. Wishbone Mysteries by Various Authors
10. The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries by Ann M. Martin
Synopsis: Members of the Baby-Sitters' Club must juggle school, their jobs, and mysteries that happen in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
Year of First Publication: 1991
Number of Books in Series: 36 in the original series
Fun Fact: Milton-Bradley made a Baby-Sitters' Club Mystery game in 1992.