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Tom Sawyer, Detective (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn #4)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  876 ratings  ·  65 reviews
ISBN: 1559029838 (Do NOT enter in ISBN field! See this link.)

Mysterious Stranger on a Steamboat

There was something weird about the fellow in the next cabin. He never showed his face, and, according to the steward who took him his meals, never took off his boots...Tom and Huck do a little snooping, and find they're bunking next door to a jewel thief who is being chased not...more
Mass Market Paperback, Complete and Unabridged, 78 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Aerie (first published 1896)
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Maria João Fernandes
"Se pusessem diante de nós um mistério e um pastel, a escolha nem necessitava de ser recomendada, estava feita por si só."

"Tom Sawyer Detective" segue os livros "As Aventuras de Tom Sawyer", "As Aventuras de Huckleberry Finn" e "As Viagens de Tom Sawyer".

Huck Finn é o nosso narrador e, juntamente com Tom Saywer, é o protagonista numa história de mistério que envolve diamantes roubados, um estranho peculiar, um irmão gémeo supostamente desaparecido, uma caça ao homem, um cadáver e uma confissão d...more
Tom Sawyer Detective. Wow.
Ever seen the Bad News Bears? Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal? Pretty good movie. Then they came out with Bad News Bears, Breaking Training and then Bad News Bears Go To Japan. Tom Sawyer Detective serves as the "Bad News Bears Go to Japan" installment of the Tom/Huck franchise.

Yeah, Twain was milking it, but I have to admit this book is still worth reading if only for Twain's inimitable style. In this episode, Tom's uncle goes on trial for murder and Tom Sawyer ends u...more
Dima Yakovenko
"Том Сойер – сыщик", как мне показалось, по духу ближе как раз к самой первой книге в цикле, где большая часть событий происходила в одном городе и близлежащих ему окрестностях, где было много персонажей, погоня за сокровищами, ужасное преступление, тайны и суд, которому было посвящено много времени. Всё это перекочевало в данный рассказ, в котором Том Сойер и Гекльберри Финн расследуют запутанное преступление, от которого зависит судьба дорогого для героев человека. И всё это в какой-то момент...more
Thom Swennes
Tom Sawyer-Detective by Mark Twain is a lesser known codicil to Huckleberry Finn. This twisting tale of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry sees them back down south looking for new adventures. Like the well-known predecessors, this is a beautifully written tale of youth. This short story should be read by all Twain lovers. Published in 1896 this supplement adds more color to both unforgettable characters. I recommend this book to all reading lovers.
Duffy Pratt
At least it's short. I probably would have thought this was OK if it didn't purport to be in Huck Finn's voice. As an ordinary short story, without Huck and Tom, it would be at least mildly diverting. But as a mash-up, it didn't work for me at all. But like I said, it's short.
I actually liked this better than either TOM SAWYER (too childish) or HUCKLEBERRY FINN (too episodic). It comes across as a YA version of Sherlock Holmes, only set in the deep South.
I loved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This love was cemented early on through picture books and abridged books and Disney's animated cannibalization. When I eventually read Mark Twain's original work, I went through catharsis. And after leaving through Huckleberry Finn, which I had already experienced in a similar case of pop culture osmosis, I was just as satisfied.

And then I found this novel, Tom Sawyer, Detective, which might as well have been called Tom Sawyer in Space. Surely this was a pos...more
Claudia Kwanho
This book was very engaging because of the way Mark Twain voiced the characters. This book was from the point of view of the young sleuth, Tom Sawyer's sidekick, Huck Fin. The book written the way Huck Fin talks, instead of "going to", Huck would say "gunna" and that was the way the book was written which was very interesting because it was informal and unusual. This novel had a surprising twist to the ending in which the deceased victim was not who everyone that it to be. From the beginning of...more
I wonder how many have heard of this one, Tom Sawyer, Detective. Chapter 1 is subtitled "An Invitation for Tom and Huck" Twain is great for that, isn't he? All those subtitles, like the old Cold War cartoons, Bullwinkle and Rocky, wherein there wasn't only a subtitle, but also another, an alternative, like "Tom and Huck set their old nigger free".

Twain writes that strange as the incidents in this story are, they are not inventions....they come from an "old-time Swedish criminal trial..." Leave i...more
Don't mock me. If it's in my shelf, I'm going to read it, even if it's Where's Waldo. This really is something you'd read on a nice day at the beach, because it's a very simple and fast read. Yeah, I haven't got that much to say about it. Well, the only real thing that sprung to mind while I was reading it is that Tom Sawyer is a bit of a knob-head. Why? Well, he drags Huck with him so he can go his flights of fancy with some insurance, you know? At least, if he dies, Huck will too.
Also - and th...more
I'm only giving this 2 stars because it's Mark Twain, otherwise I wouldn't have been so generous. Had it been any other author, or had it not been written in that older style and had the Twain-style dialect that I really enjoy, I would've given this 1 star. Or maybe I'm being so hard on this book BECAUSE of who the author is, and because I expected better.

After finishing this book, I feel like Twain must have just been trying to milk some more money out of his trusty Tom and Huck without puttin...more
Seit den Abenteuer Huckleberry Finns ist ein Jahr vergangen. Es ist wieder Frühling, als die beiden Jungen eine Einladung von Onkel Silas aus Arkansaw erhalten. Es gibt Ärger mit einem reichen, mächtigen Nachbarn. Brace Dunlap wollte Silas älteste Tochter Benny heiraten, diese jedoch weigerte sich. Um Brace ein wenig zu beschwichtigen, nahm Silas dessen nichtsnutzigen Bruder Jubiter in Dienst, obwohl er sich das eigentlich nicht leisten kann. Nun ist Jubiter verschwunden und man gibt Silas die S...more
Sarah Sammis
Tom Sawyer, Detective is the fourth and final book in a series by Mark Twain. The first two books are more well known than books three and four. In order of publication they are:

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
* The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
* Tom Sawyer Abroad (1884)
* Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)

I haven't read Tom Sawyer Abroad but of the three I have read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is my favorite. Frankly, though, this entire series is among my least favorite books by Tw...more
Well read by the narrator. Short and not a lot to it, it is clear why these last two Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn books have not stood the test of time the way the first two did. Interesting to complete the picture but certainly not in the same class as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Tom Sawyer, Detective, was the last of four books that feature Sawyer and Finn. It's enjoyable enough as a lark, and contains enough Mark Twain witicisms - the man was incapable of being outright boring - to be rather enjoyable.

A lot of discredit goes to the formulaic detective potboilers Twain was mocking. The plot is intentionally ludicrous, the characters are sketches of stock types, and the resolution a tacked-on mockery of a formula lost to time. As such, you'll be scratching your head as...more
Peter Bosson
Another one of the lost Tom Sawyer books. This one is better than the other, Tom Sawyer Abroad, though only slightly. This one takes place in familiar settings to the first two books which helps makes it feel more like a genuine Tom Sawyer tale. This book has some great moments showing off the cleverness of Tom, especially the ending. Huck Finn is basically just the narrator this time and doesn't add much to the story. I wish that Twain has fleshed out the story because the idea of Tom as a dete...more
Our family purchased this book at the Mark Twain Home Museum Shop in Hannibal, Missouri over the Labor Day weekend in 2010; one hundred years after Twain's death. We thought it would be neat to visit Twian's boyhood home and then read his books together as a family.

We read a chapter each night as they are rather short chapters and it was a neat experience. The story itself is not as strong as Mark Twain's more known pieces of work and it was so short overall that not much really happens. I would...more
Josh Karaczewski
No big mystery in the plot, not much humor, not much of the distinctive Mark Twain or Huck voice, this book is for Mark Twain/Tom & Huck completists only.
Christopher tm
Short novella that reads like an outtake from Huckleberry Finn. Twain's final Tom/Huck story and a better end than "...Abroad".
Tosha Sisler
I would have liked to rate this book a 2.75. I listened to the audio version of this book, edited by Shannon Chappele and read by Bruce Johnson. The recording felt like a low-budget production. Johnson's voice didn't fit the adolescent voice of Finn who narrates the story. The voices of the other characters were also performed inconsistently.
I found some elements of the robbery and murder enticing, but overall the recording was unenjoyable. I may have rated this book higher had I actually read...more
I thought this was a book I had missed early on, but it turns out I had read it. It was still lovely to read again. Tom has such incredible adventures and loves being in the limelight, a trait he shared with Twain, who had no trouble admitting it. I truly believe that most authors have a need to stand out and be unique or they wouldn't write in the first place. The more I read Twain, the more I realize what a genius he was, and his sense of humor, which he claims he got from his mother, is fabul...more
Though it hurts my heart to give Mark Twain a 2, I am afraid that is what I have to do on this one. I liked, as always, the way that Twain wrote this book, but the story itself was so obvious from the beginning that it hardly seemed like a detective story at all.

It really amazes me how fixated Twain was on identical twins. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), stories like Puddin'Head Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins are far better than this one.

It was a let-down.
Robert Zimmermann
I didn't care for this book as much as I did for the other Tom Sawyer books. I just don't think the story was necessary in the chronicles of Tom and Huck's life in the sense that it wasn't much of an adventure as the rest, it was just a crime story. It was good though, just didn't match up to the enjoyment given by the previous two stories.
Whenever you think that our current literati might over-sequel their characters to death, read this and/or Tom Sawyer Abroad and remember that the greats did it to. Crassness knows no historical boundaries. Hell, Shakespeare had Merry Wives of Windsor!

It's really hard to tell that this is even the same character.
This is a cute little short story featuring Tom and Huck, and told in Huck's voice. The two boys solve a mystery involving missing diamonds. The edition I had was labeled "Tom Sawyer, Detective, and Other Stories," but there weren't actually any other stories there. It would be nice to find the others.
Griffin John
I confess I haven't read much of anything by Twain in a LONG time, so diving into this book was like diving naked into an ice cold lake as I'd grown far too comfortable in our PC sterilized world. Even still, something about this book seemed a bit... "Off"... to me. Perhaps it was the POV of the narrator?
Esta narrado por Huck, y aunque siempre me ha gustado más que Tom, en este libro Tom ganó la partida… es que es tan lindo! <3
Por que me hace ver como es que Huck admira a su mejor amigo.
También quiero a Huck, obvio.
Es un gran libro, corto, pero me gusto mucho :)
Brittany Noble
This is a light, enjoyable work by Twain. It follows Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn after their original debuts in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book could be used with younger crowds as it is short and could appeal to those at a lower reading level.
This was pure delight, Mark Twain style. It had been so long since I read Twain that I forgot how much plain fun his writing is. Well worth the short time it takes to read this delightful story. (It's not a novel, just a short story.)
Bit of enjoyable fluff with a far-out plot, really, sort of like Twain set out to write a fanfic featuring his own characters. As a kid I found it reasonably entertaining, but I don't know if it would hold my interest as an adult.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work...more
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