Interactive Mysteries: Scooby Doo

by Sidney Williams

I think like most people who love mysteries, I grew up watching a lot of Scooby Doo. “My” Scooby series is What’s New Scooby-Doo, but any of the series include cartoony fun, and often genuinely interesting mysteries. In fact, the Scooby mysteries are so well structured that there have been two book series written around the concept of trying to “solve” a Scooby Doo mystery along with the gang. The first series (all coming out around 2001) has you meeting the gang after one of their cases to go through the “notes” that the gang took while they solved the mystery. The story is then framed as a read through of the notes, with significant characters and clues pointed out in the margins. When I was growing up I had the whole collection in a little cardboard Mystery Machine that came with a Scooby themed notebook to keep track of the clues given throughout the margins. It was definitely aimed at children, and that is when I experienced them, but I went through the books with my mom and it seemed like she enjoyed them as well, so if you ever find the set used anywhere, pick them up, it’ll be fun. The other series is much newer, coming out in 2014 and is actually available on our website (I’ll link a few below). This series is a straight choose your own adventure style book. There are short scenes with the entire gang together then the book gives you the choice of what page to flip to next, and that choice directly affects the way in which the mystery is solved. The books are definitely written for a younger audience, and the lack of expectation of “solving the mystery on your own” does make the experience a little less engaging, but it’s still a Scooby mystery so it’s high energy and very nostalgic for anyone who grew up with the gang. As well, there are some really good jokes. The one I read The Ghost of the Bermuda Triangle had the gang run into a famous ghost Hunter named Max Smolder from the Why-Files. This blatant X-Files reference in a children’s book from the mid 2010s made me laugh out loud in a public place. It was great. 

Although definitely written with kids in mind, the interactive Scooby-Doo mysteries are so nostalgic, and the older ones especially encourage active thinking and engagement which is lacking in many of our day-to-day lives. If you see one and you’re a Scooby fan, pick it up, you won’t regret it.

The Ghost of the Bermuda Triangle (You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo) By Laurie S. Sutton, Scott Neely (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie S. Sutton, Scott Neely (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781434291295
Availability: Depending on warehouse location, this book could arrive at the store within 3-4 days, or it might take around 10 business days.
Published: Stone Arch Books - July 1st, 2014

In this You Choose mystery, Scooby Doo and the gang are on a cruise, right through the Bermuda Triangle Suddenly, a ghost interrupts a costume contest, sending everyone running. Readers choose which characters to follow. Will your path lead to dangerous criminals, confused passengers, or a real ghost? Solve the mystery again and again.


The Case of the Fright Flight (You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo) By Scott Neely (Illustrator), Michael Anthony Steele Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781496526649
Availability: Depending on warehouse location, this book could arrive at the store within 3-4 days, or it might take around 10 business days.
Published: Stone Arch Books - January 1st, 2016

Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang are excited to be going to an airshow at their friend Kevin Ryan's airfield. The grand finale features a replica of the mysterious Silver Hawk, a World War II B-17 bomber plane famous for mysteriously vanishing before it ever went to war.


The Mystery of the Mayhem Mansion (You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo) By Matthew K. Manning, Scott Neely (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matthew K. Manning, Scott Neely (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781496526632
Availability: Depending on warehouse location, this book could arrive at the store within 3-4 days, or it might take around 10 business days.
Published: Stone Arch Books - January 1st, 2016

When Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang visit a famous mansion once owned by horror filmmakers Jeffrey and Madeline Mayhew, they discover they've arrived at a pretty creepy place.


The Secret of the Flying Saucer (You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo) By Laurie S. Sutton, Scott Neely (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie S. Sutton, Scott Neely (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781496504807
Availability: Depending on warehouse location, this book could arrive at the store within 3-4 days, or it might take around 10 business days.
Published: Stone Arch Books - August 1st, 2015

Mystery Inc. is going on a road trip, but their vacation takes an unexpected turn--a UFO has landed nearby When they go to investigate, they find little gray aliens coming out of the ship and the gang can't believe their eyes. Is this really a first encounter, or is an Earthling behind this crash landing? Your choices will help discover the truth in this intergalactic You Choose mystery.


The Mystery of the Maze Monster (You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo) By John Sazaklis, Scott Neely (Illustrator) Cover Image
By John Sazaklis, Scott Neely (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781434279286
Availability: Depending on warehouse location, this book could arrive at the store within 3-4 days, or it might take around 10 business days.
Published: Stone Arch Books - January 1st, 2014

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang investigate a monster hiding in a business tycoon's maze garden. Will they find the right path or choose a dead end? Should they follow the clues or run and hide? Will Scooby get lost or discover a Scooby Snack? In this interactive story, YOU CHOOSE the path the gang should take. With your help, they'll solve this maze mystery.