Hy Conrad
9 Books

Hy Conrad

1995-2017

A great collection of mini-mysteries from a writer for both print and TV

Hy Conrad

From Goodreads:

HY CONRAD has made a career out murder, earning a Scribe Award for best novel and garnering three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. Along the way, he has developed a horde of popular games and interactive films, hundreds of short stories and a dozen books of solvable mysteries, published in over a dozen languages. In the world of TV, he is best known for his eight seasons as a writer and co-executive producer for the ground-breaking series Monk. Other shows include White Collar and The Good Cop.

As a novelist, Hy has authored the final four books in the Monk series as well as the series, Amy’s Travel Mysteries.

When he looks up from his keyboard, Hy sees either the hills of Vermont or the palm trees of Key West, depending on the time of year. When he steps away from his keyboard, he sees Jeff Johnson, his partner of 41 years, now his husband, plus Nelson and Stella, the latest in a dynasty of mini-schnauzers dating back to the 1980s.

Books in this series
Whodunit: You Decide!
Hy Conrad
Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
1996

Would you like to serve on jury and decide whether someone accused of a crime is guilty or not? Who doesn't love a twisty mystery--a locked room, a seemingly impossible crime, a pivotal piece of evidence that seems to make no sense. Here are 15 diabolically clever crimes that made the author smile and say, "You'll never untangle this one"; but you'll want to keep looking till you find the simple twist that lets you sneer and reply, "I fooled you!" These little murders and other crimes hark back to old-fashioned whodunits--you don't need special police knowledge or have to engage in chases and fights. There's not even a complicated logic involved, just good use of your imagination.

Goodreads
3.53
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806961507
Solve-It-Yourself Mysteries
Hy Conrad
Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
1997

Do some people think you're too young to be a detective? Ignore them, and join junior detectives Greg Rydell and Carrie Ingram as they bust crimes and collar criminals right in their own neighborhood. These kid sleuths show you whodunit and howtheydidit. As you read the facts of the case in each mystery story, just as you get to the most exciting part you're invited to help solve it The fun begins as you, Carrie, and Greg go back over the clues, discover the crucial facts, and put them together to point to the culprit. Along the way you get tips from a guide called The Crime Solver's Handbook, which Carrie borrowed from her dad, who's a cop. You learn how to take fingerprints, analyze blood spatters, make invisible ink, tail suspects, and lots more. Armed with all this know-how, you'll catch a jewel thief, stop con artists who steal from the elderly, find out who's been terrorizing the kids at camp, and even solve an actual murder. Hints and solutions are available to keep you on the trail as a detective-in-training.

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4
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806994277
The Case of the Ghostly Note
Hy Conrad
2017

Can you solve these whodunits faster than the Mystery Brothers? Thirteen-year-old Logan and his shy little brother, Thad, always seem to figure out who stole the bake sale money or broke into the middle school. And in these fifteen original mystery stories, you get the chance to guess "whodunit" before the brothers do.

Reason it out and then check the answers at the back of the book (which are in the form of the continued story). Follow along as the two brothers investigate foul play, stolen goods, lying, and even a case or two from their police officer uncle, and see if you're as super at sleuthing as these guys are.

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3
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
ISBN 9781633225565
Almost Perfect Crimes
Hy Conrad
Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
1995

Study evidence, look for clues, and use your powers of deduction to solve more than a dozen dastardly crimes. Following each short story puzzle are five pieces of evidence, including things like witness testimony, autopsy and crime scene reports, background checks, car and house searches, and personal effects, that you can investigate by turning to different pages of the book. Examine them all, or just a few, in order to come to a conclusion.

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3.87
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806938073
Whodunit Crime Mysteries
Hy Conrad
Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Illustrator)
2003

How does Sherman Oliver Holmes succeed in finding and solving every crime? It's elementary--he's the great-great-grandson of Sherlock, with the same finely honed powers of deduction! Sherman just showed up in Capital City one day, wearing a deerstalker cap; though Police Sergeant Gunter Watson didn't quite believe the outlandish tale, he quickly learned to trust the newcomer's instincts. Come along and watch Sherman's sixth sense in action as he uncovers thieves, murderers, and all-around bad guys and test your own detective skills against this modern master of sleuthing.

Someone snatched a million-dollar painting! Who was it?

A man is slain while wandering through a maze. Can you find your way through the thicket of suspects and name the killer?

It's foul ball when some young baseball players discover a burglary...or did one of them commit the crime himself?

And, in case Holmes has you stumped, the answers appear at the end.

Goodreads
3.88
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9781402706462
Historical Whodunits
Hy Conrad
Ivy DeWinter (Illustrator)
2005

One of the writers for the highly acclaimed television show Monk presents a series of 14 unique solve-it-yourself mini-mysteries, all with a historical setting. At the end of each intriguing tale, armchair sleuths begin their own detective work with the aid of key questions and some crucial clues--including an interview with a witness, lab analysis of the evidence, or an examination of the crime scene. The historical settings range from ancient Rome to 1940s Hollywood, and the subjects include Jamaican pirates; death in Venice amid a masked ball; Jack the Ripper copycats.

Goodreads
3.65
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
144 pages
ISBN 9781402721724
Whodunit Crime Puzzles
Hy Conrad
2002

How does Sherman Oliver Holmes succeed in finding and solving every crime? It's elementary--he's the great-great-grandson of Sherlock, with the same finely honed powers of deduction! Sherman just showed up in Capital City one day, wearing a deerstalker cap; though Police Sergeant Gunter Watson didn't quite believe the outlandish tale, he quickly learned to trust the newcomer's instaincts. Come along and watch Sherman's sixth sense in action as he uncovers thieves, murderers, and all-around bad guys.and test your own detective skills against this modern master of sleuthing.

* Someone snatched a million-dollar painting! Who was it?

* A man is slain while wandering through a maze. Can you find your way through the thicket of suspects and name the killer?

* It's foul ball when some young baseball players discover a burglary... or did one of them commit the crime himself?

And, in case Holmes has you stumped, the answers appear at the end.

Goodreads
3.38
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806997964
Almost Perfect Murders
Hy Conrad
Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
1995

Pit your wits against a shrewd detective who’s trying to solve diabolical murders all over the world. Follow the elegantly enigmatic plot twists, keep track of the carefully laid out clues, and see who’s first to nab the culprit, you or the pro. At the end of each story are three questions you must answer to beat the seasoned gumshoe.

Goodreads
3.87
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9780806995137
The Little Giant Book of Whodunits
Hy Conrad
Matt Lafleur (Illustrator)
1998

Solve crimes like a detective, find clues where nobody else would think of looking, trap suspects with their own words, and ignore facts that appear to be significant but are only distractions. Better than a police academy course, all 80 of these simple stories will show you how to find the culprit while everybody else is completely confused. You'll make your town's Christmas merrier when you find out who shot Santa Claus. Figure out which family member poisoned the man of the house while he was watching the Super Bowl, and which housekeeping staffer hid a ruby necklace in a liquor bottle in plain sight. As you explore these fascinating whodunits, you'll enter a bizarre, glamorous, and dangerous world of mobsters, millionaires and heiresses--even detectives themselves. In case you can't outwit the bad guys, just turn to a special section of solutions to each mystery, including an explanation of each clue.

Goodreads
3.92
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
352 pages
ISBN 9780806904733