SERIES THURSDAY: Detective Gordon by Ulf Nilsson


Someone's stealing nuts from the forest, and it's up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time... If only he had an assistant? someone small, fast, and clever? to help solve this terrible case


I enjoyed reading this chapter book mystery that looks at how a crime might really be solved.  Detective Gordon is the police chief who must solve the theft of nuts from multiple victims.  But he's older and has a hard time leaving the office.  So he recruits Buffy, a young, hungry mouse to help him.  Together, they work to find the guilty party will dealing with a rather obsessive victim (he knows how many nuts he has down to the individual number).  Buffy's enthusiasm balances out Detective Gordon's experience and wisdom. The illustrations add a great touch, helping to show the characters and the mystery.  A fun new mystery series for young readers.


The detective lay in bed with his eyes closed. But he couldn't sleep. He was thinking. He always thought best in bed. Especially with his eyes closed.

Something is going on in the forest: one of the animals is saying nasty things about the other forest creatures. But no one dares make a statement to the police. Who is the culprit?

Detective Gordon and his assistant Buffy must investigate! But this is a complicated case. The two police officers split the workload: Buffy questions the suspects, while Gordon stays in bed to think.

Once the investigation is over, Detective Gordon plans to go fishing and eat all the cakes he wants to. And maybe then Buffy will be appointed Police Chief! But that won't happen unless this case can be solved...

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case is a warm and humor-filled follow-up to the well-reviewed Detective Gordon: The First Case.


Nilsson and Spee have created another cute mystery.  The relationship between Gordon and Buffy is a sweet one of mentor and mentee as Gordon deals with the challenges of getting older and Buffy reveals that she doesn't know how to read.  Another interesting idea introduced in the book is what exactly should be a law and what should be written as law and what left to a matter of conscience.  It's sweet to see a couple of characters with strengths and weaknesses who through persistence solve the case.  The solution they come up with is quite creative.  This is the kind of mystery I would hand to a young reader not ready for the darkness that can come with a lot of mysteries.  This mystery is sweet and satisfying without being scary in any way.


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