Nate receives a phone call from a girl he knows, Annie. He hoped it would be someone calling about missing diamonds or a million dollars, but it's just Annie. She has lost a picture of her dog, Fang. Nate tells Annie that he'll be over in five minutes. Nate would like Annie —if he liked girls.
Sharmat uses short sentences, which not only move the reader easily along, but help to maintain Nate's charming aura of cool and humor.
"Tell me. Does this house have
or secret passages?"
"No," Annie said.
"No trapdoors or secret passages?"
I said. "This will be
A very dull case."
"I have a door that squeaks,"
"Have it fixed," I said.
There are twenty-five page-turning books in this humorous detective series, each involving the reader in a different case. While Nate's cases may not involve million dollar international jewelry heists, he approaches each of his small-town mysteries with heart, charm, and a master sleuth's dedication —never resting till he's found a happy ending for his client.
Reviewed by CH.
Themes: MYSTERY & DETECTIVE STORIES.
Delacorte , 2002
Suggested Ages: 4 and Up