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LGBTQ+ Thrillers and Mysteries (Teen)

These suspenseful young adult reads feature LGBTQ+ characters solving mysteries.

Death prefers blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Teen celebrity socialite Margo leads a double life as a cat burglar with a crew of four kickboxing drag queens, but when a big job goes belly-up, each one of them must rely on their special skills to survive the night.

Last seen leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Flynn's girlfriend is missing, and people are suspecting him of knowing something, so he struggles to uncover her secrets as he must also face the truth about himself.

A line in the dark by Malinda Lo

"When Chinese American teenager Jess Wong's best friend Angie falls in love with a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess expects heartbreak. But when everybody's secrets start to be revealed, the stakes quickly elevate from love or loneliness to lifeor death"--

I hope you're listening by Tom Ryan

Seventeen-year-old Dee secretly hosts a popular true-crime podcast but when a missing child seems linked to the disappearance of her best friend ten years ago, she considers revealing her identity to uncover the truth.

Trouble girls : a novel by Julia Lynn Rubin

High schoolers Trixie and Lux pack light for a weekend getaway, but after a single night of violence derails their trip they become wanted fugitives and the face of a #MeToo movement.

She's too pretty to burn by Wendy Heard

When seventeen-year-old Veronica's photograph of her introverted girlfriend goes viral, they are sent into a spiral of fame and lethal danger as they navigate the turbulent waters of their relationship, secrets, acclaim, and the underground San Diego artscene.

The girls I've been by Tess Sharpe

When seventeen-year-old Nora O'Malley, the daughter of a con artist, is taken hostage in a bank heist, every secret she is keeping close begins to unravel.

Keep this to yourself by Tom Ryan

After high school graduation, Mac focuses on finding the serial killer who murdered his best friend the previous summer, while working through his own feelings for the deceased.

Catfishing on catnet by Naomi Kritzer

When outsiders threaten the administrator for the CatNet online community, a sentient AI who loves cat pictures, and a threat from her past catches up to her, Steph and her friends--both online and in real life--must save her.

The hollow inside by Brooke Lauren Davis

After years on the run, sixteen-year-old Phoenix and mom Nina travel back to Nina's hometown to get revenge on the man she says ruined her life.

Ace of spades by Faridah Àbaikae-aIyaimaidae

Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, two students at Niveus Private Academy, are selected to be part of the elite school's senior class prefects and struggle against an anonymous bully who reveals all of their secrets.

Goldie Vance. Volume one by Hope Larsen

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.

Before I let go by Marieke Nijkamp

Returning to her small Alaska home town after her bipolar best friend's death, Corey uncovers chilling secrets about the townspeople and their treatment of Kyra prior to her drowning.

Even if we break by Marieke Nijkamp

Friends Finn, Liva, Maddy, Carter, and Ever begin a farewell round of the game they have played for three years, but each is hiding secrets and the game itself seems to turn against them.

The truth about keeping secrets by Savannah (Young adult author) Brown

When her beloved father, the only psychiatrist in their small Ohio town, dies in a mysterious car accident, high school outcast and lonely lesbian Sydney investigates the death, starting with why homecoming queen June attended his funeral.

Burn our bodies down by Rory Power

"Margot doesn't know anything about her family, beyond her quiet life with her mother. But she wants more and when she finds a clue that leads her to a town called Phalene, she leaves to investigate. Only Phalene and her family history are full of secrets, some that may prove more dangerous and deadly than Margot ever could have bargained for"--

Cemetery boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Throwaway girls by Andrea Contos

"When her best friend Madison mysteriously disappears, Caroline feels compelled to get involved in the investigation. She has her own reasons not to trust the police, and she owes Madison - big time. Suddenly Caroline realizes how little she knew of whather friend was up to. Caroline has some uncomfortable secrets about the hours before Madison disappeared, but they're nothing compared to the secrets Madison has been hiding. Why do all paths seem to lead back to their teacher, Mr. McCormack? It's only when Caroline discovers other missing girls that she begins to close in on the truth. Unlike Madison, the other girls are from the wrong side of the tracks. Unlike Madison's, their disappearances haven't received much attention. Infuriated, Caroline is determined to find out what happened to them and why no one seems to notice. But as every new discovery leads Caroline closer to the connection between these girls and Madison, she faces an unsettling truth. There's only one common denominator between the disappearances: Caroline herself. Within the context of a fast-paced thriller, the book raises important and timely questions about class differences and the way those differences are reflected in law enforcement. "--
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