A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nate the Great & Nate the Great Goes Undercover by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illus by Marc Simont
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1977 by Yearling
First published 1972
Source: Thrift shop

Nate the Great (#1)

Wonderful easy reader! This is the first in a large series and introduces us to the pancake-loving super sleuth. Nate has a dry sense of humour and the story is hilarious. The mystery is well played out, the solution a surprise, and clever. The art is wonderful! As most books from this era, the pages alternate with black and white drawings to two-colour illustrations. The colour theme for this book is pink and yellow which gives it a very '70s vibe. This should whet a kid's appetite for mysteries and detective stories.

Nate the Great Goes Undercover by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illus by Marc Simont
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 31st 1974 by Coward McCann
Source: Thrift shop

Nate the Great (#2)

The second book in this series introduces Nate's dog, Sludge, who will be his companion in the rest of the books. A friend asks Nate to solve the mystery of who or what is tipping over his garbage can every night. Nate uses deductive reasoning skills to figure out who is *not* stealing the garbage. Then he uses the library to narrow down his list of who could be the culprit. I love the humour in these books. It is so dry and hilarious. The art, of course, is wonderful with the two-colour theme being yellow and navy blue; perfect for a book that is about the night time.

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