Monday, October 05, 2009

Dial M for Mongoose:
The return of Chet Gecko.

Bruce Hale's clever elementary school shamus Chet Gecko and faithful sidekick Natalie Attired face—gasp!—a deadly stink bomb in their 15th adventure, Dial M for Mongoose, which is out today.

These mysteries for children have some of the best pulpy covers in the business, as can be seen at left. My favorite of the punny titles is Farewell, My Lunchbag with the immortal epigraph "It's not over till the lunch lady sings." Number 7 in the series, The Malted Falcon, was an Edgar nominee.

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