Mystery in Children’s Literature

Mystery in Children’s Literature (Palgrave, 2001). Edited by Adrienne Gavin and Christopher Routledge.

Mystery in Children's Literature


The first book to assess critically mystery in children’s literature, this collection charts a development from religious mystery through rationally solved detective fictions to insoluble supernatural and horror mysteries. Written by internationally recognised scholars in the field, these thirteen original essays offer challenging and innovative readings of both classic and popular mysteries for children. This volume will be essential and stimulating reading for anyone with an interest in children’s literature or in mystery fiction.

The two essays I contributed to this book are available right here on this website: Harry Potter and the Mystery of Ordinary Life and Children’s Detective Fiction and the ‘Perfect Crime’ of Adulthood, which is about Emil and the Detectives.


‘I enjoyed reading these essays…a worthwhile book to add to any well-rounded university library…’ – Jill P. May, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.