In 1963 Donald J. Sobol published Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, the first in a series of 29 popular children’s books about a boy detective whose wide-ranging knowledge and keen observational powers make him a junior crime fighter.
Now Onlam Publishing is pleased to announce that famed crime writer Eunice Phelan has written the first books in a new series of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, reimagining the boy detective as an adult.
Beginning with The Return Of Encyclopedia Brown the former boy detective Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown, now working for the FBI, leaves Quantico to come back to the quaint seaside town of Idaville following the tragic and mysterious shooting of his father, the local chief of police. Examining the crime scene Brown begins to suspect his old nemesis Emmett “Bugs” Meaney. Meaney is still head of a local gang of criminals that calls themselves The Tigers. They should call themselves The Breadsticks—they’re always getting baked. The search for more clues leads Brown through a dark underworld of auto thieves and drug dealers with henchmen in gorilla costumes. Brown soon decides to quit the FBI in favor of a position in the Idaville police department. Determined to root out corruption and crime in his old home his thoughts soon turn to revenge when his father dies and the solution to the mystery hangs on the answer to one question: what kind of doctor removed the fatal bullet?
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Continuing with Down Town Encyclopedia Brown the former boy detective Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown is now working full time as a plainclothes detective for the Idaville police. He’s known for his observational powers and arcane knowledge—a running joke around the precinct is that when he falls out of his chair it sounds “like Google exploded”. When the decapitated body of a prostitute is found in a dumpster behind a nightclub Brown calls on his old friend and mystery solving partner Sally Kimball, now running her own security firm. Together they begin to unearth clues that point to a larger conspiracy and a growing meth problem in the quaint seaside town. Brown suspects his old nemesis Emmet “Bugs” Meaney, head of a local gang of criminals that call themselves The Tigers. They should call themselves The Tiny Adjusters—they’re always tweaking. Then Brown and Kimball stumble upon a plan at the heart of City Hall and the solution to the mystery hangs on the answer to one question: who would benefit most from a large scale rezoning scheme?
Available September 2015
Hardcover list price: $25.95
The mysteries keep coming with Another Shade of Encyclopedia Brown. Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown and his old friend and mystery solving partner Sally Kimball are out to dinner, reminiscing about old times. Romance seems possible when Brown gets a call: shady defense attorney Wilford Wiggins has just been arrested on fraud charges and claims to have information about corruption in the Idaville police department. Having long suspected that it was really a member of the police force who was responsible for his father’s death Brown offers Wiggins a deal: information for the possibility of a reduced sentence. But the information Wiggins holds points to more than just corruption in the police department. In order to unravel a conspiracy that involves some of Idaville’s most prominent citizens Brown will even find himself working with his old nemesis Emmet “Bugs” Meaney, former head of a local gang of criminals that call themselves The Tigers. They should call themselves Ndihmëse–they’re now working for an Albanian drug syndicate. Brown is torn between his growing feelings for Sally Kimball and his responsibilities as a detective, and the solution to the mystery hangs on the answer to one question: can he get a subpoena for a large number of bank records?
Available December 2015
Hardcover list price:$26.95
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