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It's spring — and both Tom and Huck have a bad case of spring fever, a malady that's instantly cured when Tom is asked by his Aunt Sally to come as soon as he can to "Arkansaw." It seems that Uncle Silas is in considerable trouble and needs some help. Huck Finn narrates this lesser-known tale of the duo's adventures as they set out down river by steamer.
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 8th 2002 by Dover Publications (first published 1896)
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Jun 17, 2011 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Twain stavolta trasforma una nuova avventura di Tom Sawyer e Huck (ormai inseparabili) in una vera e propria indagine poliziesca. Si legge in poche ore. Gli avvenimenti di questa storia, processo incluso, sono realmente accaduti e sembra una puntata di CSI (con cadavere compreso e scagionamento di quello che era erroneamente creduto il vero assassino).
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Sep 14, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a reason Tom Sawyer, Detective remains almost unheard of. A very, very good reason.
From a literary standpoint, it is awful. The mystery is dramatic and improbable. I had the "murder" figured out almost from the start. The only interesting bit was when Tom's Uncle Silas initially got blamed. However, even that wasn't very well explained. The fact that a court room would allow a teenager to just interrupt the proceedings and spin a dramatic tale is hard enough to swallow. But that they w
As I enjoyed "Tom Sawyer," and really enjoyed "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," which I considered quite a subversive book (which is a big plus for me), I thought this would provide me double enjoyment -- detective fiction and revisiting with Tom and Huck. Well, it wasn't much of a mystery, and though it is narrated by Huck, Huck seems less authentic than in his own book, and is even somewhat citified -- and not dressed as shabbily as elsewhere. Even in "Tom Sawyer," he is characterized as s ...more
Thom Swennes
Feb 26, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joey the J in R.J. Spindle
Chapter 1: An Invitation for Tom and Huck

I knew before I started reading that this story was going to be too short. I really know it after reading this first chapter. I have fallen in love with the narrative. Just as I did as a kid reading 'Huck Finn." I assumed this would be more of a "Tom Sawyer" tale, due to the title and all, but it's more like Huck. Huck is narrating. Tom is being clever. These two are just awesome together.

Also, this story seems more and more like a fanfic to me. Twain him
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
Rachel Craig
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn visit Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas again to solve a murder most foul. Honestly, while this is a good book, Tom Sawyer is not a particularly exciting detective to follow. I am glad the last three books in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn series are narrated by Huck, so that's a plus. Not as memorable or baffling as Tom Sawyer Abroad, and neither book three or book four are on par with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Oct 16, 2015 Eimad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I ever heard of Tom Sawyer's name is from Lost TV series, perhaps as a tribute to Mark Twain judging from other character's name. Tom Sawyer has that likeable breadth of confidence flowing through him and completed with his intelligence and sharp eyes. I particularly enjoyed his "performance" if I may say that in the court. He certainly know how to work a crowd or as Huck Finn put it "the effect".
Jan 23, 2016 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one isn't really a novel, so it took only 75 minutes to read, which is good, because despite moments of wit and the always welcome voice of Huck Finn, this is a story that falls somewhere between Scooby Doo Where Are You and Murder She Wrote for fans of murder mystery. Pleasant enough, and I may have loved it at age 12, but I think it's the least of Twain's writing so far. Of course, I'm a terrible judge of YA literature, and that's really what this is.
Duffy Pratt
Apr 29, 2010 Duffy Pratt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, childrens
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.
Petculescu Ionut
Jul 26, 2015 Petculescu Ionut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good ending.
Dec 17, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a cheesy infomercial, Mark Twain could not help but say, "but wait there's more!" After The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain wrote a sequel called Tom Sawyer, Detective which was also the prequel to Tom Sawyer Abroad. Mark Twain used this book, and others, to entertain audiences everywhere. This entertainment is brought through Twain's ability to help remove the reader from their average lives and drop them into the life of Huck Finn. He starts the story with, "Well it was the nex ...more
Lacee Peebles
Mar 01, 2016 Lacee Peebles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 28, 2014 Benja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2010 Mafalda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2012 wally rated it liked it
Shelves: twain
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
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
Feb 28, 2013 Jaclyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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
Claudia Kwanho
Apr 03, 2012 Claudia Kwanho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-2012
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
Dmitry Yakovenko
Aug 11, 2014 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"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
NJ Wong
Jan 20, 2016 NJ Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the tour-de-force that was Huckleberry Finn, this book feels like a fluffy interlude. However, perhaps it was Mark Twain's idea that his serious commentaries are reserved for the "Huckleberry Finn", whereas the "Tom Sawyer" books are more the pure adventures that was first started with "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".

I understand that "Tom Sawyer, Detective" was written for monetary reasons, and this book feels it. However, it is a great story nonetheless, and feels like a chapter straight
Huck tells the story of he and Tom and a trip to Tom’s uncle’s house that involves stolen diamonds, con men, missing twins, and a murder, and ends in a trial with Tom playing lawyer. This felt like a TV show compared to the first Tom and Huck stories which were like cinema. Twain’s take on a detective story is pretty much on par with Perry Mason, but with cornpone Huck narrating you get Twain’s humor. When listening to the audiobook, it sounded like the narrator quoted Tom as mentioning the “dis ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-stuff
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
Mar 08, 2011 Chad rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
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
After listening to Tom Sawyer Abroad as an audiobook, I was hoping this one would be better, and I was not disappointed. Though it doesn't quite reach the heights of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, it's in the same vein, a story of two boys on adventures in the South. Huck Finn is again the narrator, though this time he's less gimlet-eyed than in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This time Tom Sawyer is trying to solve a murder. Though it's a bit predictable — anytime twins a ...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
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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
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