Sunday, May 17, 2020

Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald J Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detectiveby Donald J. Sobol

OK fine, I know this series is kind of kiddish for my age. But while I’m stuck at home, I’ve been dying for books to read. And this series was something I hadn’t re-read in a long time so I decided to read it.

There are quite a few books in this series and I have three of them. The Encyclopedia Brown series is about a ten year old boy named Leroy Brown aka Encyclopedia due to his knowledge about the smallest trivia and his knack of noticing things most people would ignore.

Each book has around 10 stories about the various mysteries and cases he solves along with the help of his partner Sally Kimball.

Sounds quite simple and not that complicated. Well, that’s exactly what I love about this series. I mean most of the books I read have complex plots, at least three subplots and a million other complicated mysteries to solve along with a race against time to save the world or something. Don’t get me wrong I love all of those books and they are thrilling to read. But amidst all of these complex and complicated books its kind of refreshing to have a book that’s just so simple and has mysteries about missing cookies. This simplicity is what makes me want to read this book when I’m not in the mood for a long thrilling mystery.

And most of the mysteries are pretty easy to solve if you just pay attention to the details. Most of the answers are just staring at you in the face but you don’t notice it until Encyclopedia points it out and solves the mystery. It might seem kiddish but amidst the races against time and mysterious death threats, this series is quite different.

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