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Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints (Encyclopedia Brown #16)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  561 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Who hid the blond wig in the trash can near the Yacht Club...why does Tyrone Taylor have a black eye...and what about the mysterious handprints outside Mr. Heiden's cottage?

Who knows? Encyclopedia Brown, of course! America's Sherlock Holmes in sneakers is back, with ten brand-new solve-it-yourself mysteries to challenge and amaze his fans. You can match wits with the ten-y
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 16th 1985 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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My read-and-review-one-book-a-week resolution is getting desparate, as you can see. Unwilling to read the 148 pages I have remaining in Life of Pi by tonight, I nabbed this book from my little brother's shelf.

I loved Encyclopedia Brown when I was the age for him, and I love him now as well. He's living proof that no knowledge is useless, and his viciously snarky and unabashed attitude mixes with his expansive brain to create the perfect kind of mini-sleuth. And the one-liners are great, and the
As usual, Encyclopedia Brown and his punchy sidekick, Sally, are able to bat down all of the curveballs that are tossed to them. Usually I solve a lest eight out of the ten mysteries in an EB installment, but this time I was not as successful. (I believe this was mainly due to the fact that the solutions were more abstract / theoretical than in the typical installment, and were therefore less readily hit upon by readers.)

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Tim Ganotis
I can't tell if I am solving the mysteries based on the clues, or because the solution is tucked away in my brain from reading these as a child. Either way, quite enjoyable.
That was a blast from the past
No matter how many of these I read, I still can't manage to solve even half of the cases. I'd feel dumb, but I'm pretty sure no one on earth could solve all of them, since EB sure uses a lot of circumstantial evidence and far-out theories to explain his "solutions".

I would love to see one of the villains just laugh in his face and say he's proved nothing during EB's holier-than-thou speech on why he, and he alone, solved the case.

That being said, man this is fun re-reading these and snarking o
The chapter that made me really fall in love with the book was The Case of the Angry Girl. It's hilarious and you just want to keep laughing after you've read the solution to it. So I gave it 5 stars,because of that. I think you should really read the book, and after you've read the chapter that I'm talking about hopefully you'll laugh your heart out,just like I did.:)
Catherine Woodman
I loved the Encyclopedia Brown series as a kid, tho' I could not get any of my kids fired up about them
I read ALL of these I could get my hands on when I was younger. I absolutely LOVED them!!
Even twenty years later, I still get stumped.
It was a good mysterious book.
Encyclopedia always got his man!
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Donald J. Sobol was an award-winning writer best known for his children's books, especially the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series. Mr. Sobol passed away in July of 2012.
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