5 Campus Crime Novels for Back-To-School

The Best Best Campus Crime NovelsSummer is breaking into fall. Backpacks are stuffed with new books–and so heavy. Teachers are learning their students’ names. Old friends are getting reacquainted and new friends are being made. Someone is murdered. Wait, what?! One of those may not be like the others, but we’re talking about great campus crime novels, so here we are with school supplies and murder.


Whether you love school or are glad to never ever go back, you’ll enjoy these crime novels set on school campuses in the U.S. and Japan—but maybe sharpen a pencil just in case you need a weapon to defend yourself. I mean, just a thought.


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.