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9 YA Mysteries To Solve Before Summer Is Over

Sun, surf, sand, and secrets that drive us mad trying to solve them – that’s how we like to spend summers. Read on for our list of favorite YA mysteries that are ANYTHING but elementary:

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Clue you’ll love it: Despite being dragged along through insane situations on a missing persons investigation, you’re somehow LOLing most of the time – and it feels 100% on point.

2. Nearly Gone and Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano

Clue you’ll love it: You’ll redefine #lifegoals when you meet Nearly Boswell, a high schooler who has a knack for tracking down serial killers…even when SHE’s being tracked.

3. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Clue you’ll love it: A supernatural element adds higher stakes to the question of whether the fact that Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone every October is a coincidence…or a curse.

3. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan 

Clue you’ll love it: Vengeance is SO much more intriguing when the narrator isn’t only messing with the people around her – but with you as well.

4. The Edge of Nowhere, The Edge of the Water, and The Edge of the Shadows by Elizabeth George

Clue you’ll love it: If you ever thought escaping to the wilderness would solve your problems, you might reconsider after you unearth the secrets on Whidby Island.

5. The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson 

Clue you’ll love it: You’ll still want to visit London even after tagging along on Lousiana teen Rory’s boarding school extracurriculars of evading serial killers and fraternizing with secret ghost police.

6. The Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

Clue you’ll love it: The adrenaline factor. High schooler Mickey’s life is a train-wreck after his father dies and mother goes to rehab, but it only gets more intense when he gets sucked into secrets, a seedy underworld, and a major conspiracy that may be closer to home than he thought.

7. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Clue you’ll love it: Although Cody’s on the hunt to figure out exactly what happened when her best friend Meg left, the real mystery of what’s inside someone’s heart is way more difficult to solve.

8. Paper Towns by John Green

Clue you’ll love it: A mystery that culminates in a spontaneous 21-hour road trip is the best kind of mystery.

What are your favorite YA mysteries?

Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson join the NYPD manhunt for a serial bomber who is active again after going dormant for six years. During the investigation, Joan seeks help from a former criminal, Shinwell Johnson, whose life she saved when she was a surgeon.

Nelsan Ellis joins the cast as Shinwell Johnson, a character who first appeared in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1924 story, ‘The Illustrious Client.’

—  Elementary Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 2.

“Samantha has a unique ability to embody whatever a song asks of her, that’s an incredible talent, and I think it’s what separates her from other people in her field. There’s never a moment’s doubt about who the character is when Sam Barks is singing the song, and that’s true whether she’s onstage in Les Miz or you’re in the pub and it’s three o'clock in the morning and you’ve had a few pints and she’s singing an old English folk song. It’s a very unique and special thing to find somebody who can do that.” — Alan Doyle on Samantha Barks.

8 Books To Read After The Sherlock Special

Be honest. You’re excited for the Sherlock Special, but you’re still wondering how you’re going to get your mystery fix between the moment it ends and season 4 finally airs. Fear not, we’ve rounded up 8 books to keep you going in the meantime:

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Zoe gets dragged along on a missing persons investigation by her brilliant and quirky neighbor Digby, whose strange (and hilarious) antics can’t hide a heart of gold.

2. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

There’s something strange about the beautiful girl Wes met at a seance in the East Village – it’s almost as if she belongs to another place…or another time. 

3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Demons have infiltrated every level of society in 1800′s London, and Lady Helen must choose whether to save her reputation – or save the world.

4. The Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson

Just as Rory arrives at boarding school in London, someone starts mimicking Jack the Ripper’s murders…and she’s the only one who can see him.

5. Nearly Gone and Nearly Found by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Boswell has a knack for tracking down serial killers, even when SHE’s being tracked at the same time. 

6. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Every October, Kara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone, and this year she’ll find out whether the accident season is a curse or a coincidence.

7. The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

Becca’s ability to hear the thoughts of others puts her at risk, so she escapes to Whidbey Island – but she’ll soon find she’s not the only one with secrets. 

8. The Mickey Bolitar Series by Harlan Coben

Mickey thought his year couldn’t get worse after witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, but after his new friend vanishes, he’ll uncover a conspiracy proving nothing is at it seems. 

TVLine: True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis to Play Shinwell Johnson

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis is joining Elementary Season 5 for a three-episode arc as Shinwell Johnson, a character who first appeared in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1924 story, “The Illustrious Client.”

Elementary’s modern take sees Shinwell as a former drug dealer who’s struggling to get his life back on track after a long stint in prison. A surgical patient of Watson’s more than a decade ago, Shinwell reappears in her life as a helpful tipster in a murder investigation.

He begins working with Sherlock and Joan, leveraging various illicit connections from his past to help the pair solve cases. But the more time he spends navigating New York’s underworld, the closer he gets to sliding back into the life he’s so desperate to leave behind.

Ellis will debut as Shinwell in Elementary‘s Season 5 premiere on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10/9c.

EW’s Fall TV Preview 2016: Will Joan and Sherlock split?

When Elementary returns, Sherlock and Watson will be celebrating their anniversary of working together — but will it be their last?

With Joan now having worked longer as a detective than as a sober companion, Sherlock begins to fear her professional wanderlust. “When the season starts, Sherlock comments that Watson has seemed down in the dumps over the course of the summer,” EP Rob Doherty tells EW. “He’s concerned that maybe the sadness that he has detected has something to do with the approach of this anniversary.”

“Joan makes it clear that she’s quite happy being a detective, but at the same time she misses helping people,” he continues. “It’s something that she could do when she was a surgeon, it’s something she could do when she was a sober companion, but, as she says in the first episode, she and Sherlock are in the punishment business.”

Enter reformed criminal and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character Shinwell Johnson (True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis), whom Sherlock encourages Joan to assist. Shinwell, who is transitioning out of jail, is a former patient of Joan’s from when she was a surgeon, and serves as a reminder of the good she can do. But there will be complications, of course. “He is someone with a dark and troubled past, who is trying to reform himself, but he brings a lot of baggage to our doorstep,” Doherty says, noting that as the duo come to learn more about Johnson, “there may be a difference of opinion on whether keeping him in their orbit is such a good idea.”