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Encyclopedia Brown

Encyclopedia Brown is a fictional boy detective, the main character in a long series of children's books written by Donald J. Sobol[?].

Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown lives in the fictional Idaville, Florida, where his father is chief of police. Whenever a case arises (often one that is stumping his father), Encyclopedia Brown swings into action, assisted in his investigations by his friend (and "muscle") Sally Kimball. The recurring "villain" is neighbourhood bully Bugs Meany.

Books featuring this character are subdivided into a number of (possibly interlinked) short stories, each of which presents a mystery. The mystery is always intended to be solved by the reader, thanks to the placement of a logical or factual inconsistency somewhere within the text. Encyclopedia Brown invariably solves the case by exposing this inconsistency, but this part of the story is placed at the end of the book; the bulk of the story ends just at the moment when readers are invited to solve the case themselves, or flip to the section in the back with the answers.

Other similar book series are those of the Hardy Boys[?], Nancy Drew, and The Great Brain[?].

The Encyclopedia Brown books, in order of publication, are:

  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (1963)
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
  • Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
  • Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man (1967)
  • Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
  • Encyclopedia Brown Keeps The Peace
  • Encyclopedia Brown Saves The Day
  • Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down
  • Encyclopedia Brown Shows The Way
  • Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case (1973)
  • Encyclopedia Brown Lends A Hand (1974)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Dead Eagles
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Midnight Visitor (1977)
  • Encyclopedia Brown Carries On (1980)
  • Encyclopedia Brown Sets The Pace
  • Encyclopedia Brown Takes The Cake (1982) (Co-written with Glenn Andrews)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Mysterious Handprints (1985)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Treasure Hunt (1988)
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers (1990)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Two Spies (1995)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of Pablo's Nose (1996)
  • Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog (1998)
  • Encyclopedia Brown And The Case Of The Slippery Salamander



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