Friday, June 16, 2006
#28: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
Anybody remember reading Encyclopedia Brown books as a child? I vaguely remembered them and decided to read one again because Matt recommended it. Even though the book was short (100 pages), I rarely turn down a recommendation. Within one page I quickly remembered Encyclopedia Brown, the 10-year-old son of the Police Chief of Idaville, had his own detective business in his garage in which he charges 25 cents to solve mysteries/crimes. To the best of my knowledge Encyclopedia has never encountered a crime he couldn’t solve.
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch by Donald J. Sobol consists of 10 mysteries that Encyclopedia solved. The mysteries are presented as a short story and then at the end of each story the reader is given the opportunity to figure out how Encyclopedia solved the case. I didn’t apply my brain to any of the mysteries before checking the back for the answers so I was pretty pleased that I solved 4 of the 10. I hope that I could get a few more if I thought about it, but maybe not. If that’s the case, I just have to accept the fact that I’m not cut out to be a detective.