3 Mystery Titles for Halloween That the Young and Old Will Enjoy
Wed, April 21, 2021

3 Mystery Titles for Halloween That the Young and Old Will Enjoy

If you or your kids are looking to read a book during the Halloween season, you can never go wrong with the following classic titles that have stood the test of time / Photo by: garlandcannon via Flickr

 

Halloween is coming, and it’s never more evident in the spooky decorations that have popped up in houses and commercial establishments. The cold breeze keeps up the creepy atmosphere as well as the media that has started to once again highlight horror contents such as movies, books, and even commercial advertisements. Halloween is also a great season for reading thrilling mysteries that can leave them haunted by their thoughts.

We all know that Sherlock Holmes books will always be popular, thanks to its superb writing and mystery and thrilling elements. Vulture, a website that provides information about culture and entertainment, mentioned in an article that 132 years after the Scotland Yard detective made his successful debut, the mystery entertainment genre in books and movies have become a huge business. 

Many authors have followed the path taken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, each offering a different take on the genre. From then until today, mystery novels continue to attract droves of readers young and old, so much so that many of them have been given the movie treatment, and those too have found success. If you or your kids are looking to read a book during the Halloween season, you can never go wrong with the following classic titles that have stood the test of time.

 

Death on the Nile

“Death on the Nile” is one of Agatha Christie’s famous mystery-thriller novels. Due to its popularity, and the success of the 2017 global hit based on another Christie novel, “Murder on the Orient Express,” it is also being turned into a movie too. 

On the official website of Agatha Christie, it was reported that the celebrated novel will have its news movie adaptation released on October 9, 2020. Just like “Murder on the Orient Express,” it will also be directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who will also play the role of the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. As described on the website, “Death on the Nile” follows Poirot’s Egyptian adventure on board a river steamer. 

Unexpected things are bound to happen that will lead to a terrifying search for a murderer after an idyllic honeymoon is destroyed by violent threats. “Death on the Nile” showcases the sinister tale of obsessive love and how it could spark murderous urges. The shock and turns made by its brilliant author, are what make it popular even in the contemporary world. Branagh praised how Christie managed to make a crime of passion enticing. The riveting story of emotional chaos plus the violent criminality are the ingredients that Christie used to hook her readers.

Nancy Drew

Even though Christie’s mystery novels became popular around the world, there are still those who prefer that their hero is a man rather than a woman. But then came the “Nancy Drew Mysteries” series of books. Written long before the mystery novel industry opened its doors to the possibility that women can be great detectives too, the “Nancy Drew” books introduced a young, sprightly, and resourceful girl who could go toe-to-toe with the best in solving crimes and mysteries. As a result, she gained the following of young readers, especially those women who were inspired by the adventures of the young heroine. “Nancy Drew” is said to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hillary Clinton’s favorite mystery novel. The young detective was a sharp and brave heroine who solved mysteries with the help of her cousins. 

The book series was created by Edward Stratemeyer and written by several authors working under a collective pseudonym of Carolyn Keene 90 years ago to capitalize on the success of Stratemeyer’s other creation, the “Hardy Boys.” He believed that bringing female characters into the spotlight will also attract more female readers into reading mystery books. 

Written long before the mystery novel industry opened its doors to the possibility that women can be great detectives too, the “Nancy Drew” books introduced a young, sprightly, and resourceful girl who could go toe-to-toe with the best in solving crimes and mysteries / Photo by: Celeste Lindell via Flickr

 

Hardy Boys

Stratemeyer’s successful book series also became a popular TV show in the late 70s. Observer, an entertainment website, said in an article that Hulu is planning to push through with developing a one-hour new Hardy Boys series. It will be based on the source material created by Stratemeyer. Similar to the books, the TV series will be a young adult and teen-oriented mystery-drama to be produced by Joan Lambur and Steve Cochrane.

In an article published by Britannica, an online source for facts and history, fictional brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are the teenage protagonists of this mystery series / Photo by: Indi Samarajiva via Flickr

 

But before the new TV series kicks off, it is important to remember how the “Hardy Boys” rose to fame. In an article published by Britannica, an online source for facts and history, fictional brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are the teenage protagonists of this mystery series. When it was first published in 1927, the readers were immediately hooked by how the brothers mastered the art of criminal detection after their father, Fenton Hardy, taught them to solve crimes together. 

There are more than four dozen novels related to the Hardys that were created by “Franklin W. Dixon,” the pseudonym used by a series of writers and were distributed by the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate.