Usborne Spinechillers
10 Books

Various

1992-1997

A spookier take on Usborne's formula, with only one central puzzle throughout.

Usborne Spinechillers

During the main Usborne Puzzle series' this spookier take on the format emerged from various writers. A strange take on the format, being essentially a novel with one mystery running throughout (similar to the Whodunits series), the series offers clues on every double page all culminating in solving the mystery at the end.

The artwork varies between illustrator and is far more watercolor-ey than usual Usborne books, but creates for an interesting tale in each book. Interestingly there are several disputed books at the end of the series, as the format and cover art changed tone into more straightforward novels.

"Packed with thrills and suspense, each tale is illustrated with colour pictures and includes clues and red herrings, giving readers a chance to stay ahead of the action."

Books in this series
1
The Midnight Ghosts
Emma Fischel
1992

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing. Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

Goodreads
3.52
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
48 pages
ISBN 9780746006511
2
House of Shadows
Karen Dolby
Gaby Waters (Illustrator)
1993

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing. Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

Goodreads
3.74
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
48 pages
ISBN 9780746006795
3
Ghost Train to Nowhere
Phil Roxbee Cox
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1992

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing. Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

Goodreads
3.61
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
48 pages
ISBN 9780746006771
4
The Haunting of Dungeon Creek
Phil Roxbee Cox
Jane Gedye (Illustrator)
1995

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing.

Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

Goodreads
4
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
48 pages
ISBN 9780746020852
5
Stage Fright
Paul Stewart
1996

Something went badly wrong on the Playhouse stage a year ago. Now it's up to Dom and his friend Abi to put it right. But first they must uncover the secrets of the dangerous magician Mesmo- and time is running out.

Goodreads
3.7
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
48 pages
ISBN 9780746020876
6
Nightmare at Mystery Mansion
Jane Bingham
Phil Roxbee Cox (Illustrator)
1996

Mystery Mansion is a place of dark secrets and terrifying nightmares. Harry the boot boy tries to ignore them all and get on with his job - until he finds himself caught up in an adventure more scary than any nightmare.

Goodreads
3.96
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
64 pages
ISBN 9780794509286
7
Destination Fear
Emma Fischel
1996

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing. Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
128 pages
ISBN 9780746024683
8
Mindmaster
Clive Gifford
1997

Full-length, spine-tingling tales -- too scary to read in the dark!

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3.58
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
128 pages
ISBN 9780746024706
9
Faces at the Window
Emma Fischel
1997

Spooky stories filled with devious clues keep the reader guessing. Thrilling mysteries unravel as each tale unfolds.

Goodreads
3.5
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
119 pages
ISBN 9780746024720
10
Clock of Doom
Paul Stewart
1997

As Ryan touches the strangely carved black c lock tower—As Ryan touches the strangely carved black clock tower—known as the Clock of Doom— little does he realise that he has fulfilled an ancient prophecy. Ryan finds himself struggling to get out of a time loop where events are continually repeated.

Goodreads
2.93
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
128 pages
ISBN 9780746024744