RARA-AVIS: Chet Gecko, Private Eye

From: William Denton ( wtd@pobox.com)
Date: 26 Mar 2006

I happened upon an advance reading copy of THE POSSUM ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, by Bruce Hale, in the Chet Gecko series of mysteries. The cover says they're for people aged 8-12. I'd never heard of this series before, but the other titles include FAREWELL, MY LUNCHBAG ("If danger is my business, then dinner is my passion"); THE BIG NAP; THE MALTED FALCON ("It was tall, dark, and chocolatey--the stuff dreams are made of"); TROUBLE IS MY BEESWAX; and MURDER, MY TWEET.

The first line of this one is "Down these mean streets a gecko must go." Chet's partner is a mockingbird named Natalie Attired, and at the start he's beaten up by a wolverine bully named Ben Dova. He tells the bully,
"You're so dumb you put lipstick on your forehead to make up your mind."

There are a books based on Sherlock Holmes aimed at kids these ages, like BASIL OF BAKER STREET, and I'm all for ones that'll get them ready for grown-up hardboiled books. Anyone on the list with kids that age who've read these?


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : www.miskatonic.org : www.frbr.org

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