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A Case in Any Case

(Kommissarie Gordon #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The third book in the much-loved Detective Gordon series by one of Sweden's top children's writers.
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Gecko Press (first published September 9th 2016)
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This is the second book I read in the Detective Gordon series, and again I was delighted of spending some time with this wonderfully sweet characters. A cozy mystery for kids between 8 and 10 years old, with beautiful things to learn about friendship, generosity, and community sense.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
After the last case that Detective Gordon and Detective Buffy solved, Detective Gordon has taken a very long vacation, perhaps even retired. In this book, Detective Buffy has been awakened for several nights by something making noises outside the Police Station and she wants to see if Detective Gordon will help her solve the case. He is more than ready to help, he is getting bored in his retirement. When they find out that two of the kindergarten animals are missing, they drop everything to find ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am sad to say that this is the last book in the Detective Gordon series. I've quite enjoyed this series. Both Detective Gordon and his Police Chief Assistant Buffy are endearing characters who work hard to serve the animals in the forest, even when they are scared. Currently, Gordon is on vacation, which may or may not be permanent, but he is discovering that he misses his old job, so he starts visiting the police station at night to see what's going on. Buffy however only sees dark shadows an ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Police Chief Buffy is the new mouse in charge at the police station since Detective Gordon retired. While sleeping one night, she hears a mysterious scrabbling sound in the police station and becomes frightened. However, when she goes to investigate she finds no one is there. After another night of this she decides to obtain Detective Gordon’s assistance to solve this mystery. Before the pair have an opportunity to solve this case, a terrible incident occurs and two kindergarten children are rep ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Children's chapter book series about a frog and mouse police force in the forest. A little too obvious with lessons and morals. Translated from the original Swedish.

This third series installment isn't as good as the second book, A Complicated Case, for two reasons. The warmth of the friendship between the two police detectives is missing. Also, the mystery isn't at all mysterious since readers know all along who is visiting the police station and where the two missing children are playing. Even
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Detective Buffy calls Detective Gordon out of retirement just in time to help find two missing children. Soon the whole forest is involved in the search. Filled with lush illustrations and gentle lessons about compassion, friendship, teamwork and how to resolve conflict. I've really enjoyed reading this series but I believe this is to be the last book.
The gentlest, mildest introduction to mysteries. The police have to help each other to stamp reports, they have important hats and keep their gun locked up (it can NEVER be unlocked) and have cakes for every meal.

It wasn't exactly action-packed for ME, but it would be great to read aloud to small ones. Lots of room for "what do you think happens next" and "what do you think is going on with {mystery}" after every chapter.
Wayne McCoy
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
'Detective Gordon: A Case in Any Case' by Ulf Nilsson with illustrations by Gitte Spee is the third and final book in this series from Sweden. This is a charming and sweet series for young readers or storytime.

Detective Gordon has turned things over to Detective Buffy. The gun and baton are safely behind glass and the detective has her bed in the jail cell. As usual, things start out quiet, but don't stay quiet for long. Detective Buffy hears strange noises in the night, and two young kindergart
Pop Bop
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Touching and Instructive Story About Oldtimers and Young Turks

I think the Detective Gordon books are fascinating. They hardly ever address any of the topics or interests or subjects of other books aimed at a similar reading demo. They are quiet and contemplative books that take on unusual and mature subjects, but at a level of clarity and understanding that is accessible even to very young readers. Apart from being calm, gentle and kind they are also wistful and just slightly melancholy, altho
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads
Summary : Detective Gordon is brought out of retirement by young Detective Buffy when strange noises are heard outside the station and two kindergarten students are reported missing during a school field trip. The work-hungry frog and anxious mouse-in-command detectives may be a perfect pair in solving this suspenseful crime, or the perfect storm between the duo. Enjoy a wholesome read of two forest detectives who have to put their differences aside for the sake of the community's safety they'd ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
Kla-dunk! The delights of two mysteries to solve for hard-case detectives - one is zero years old but wise for her age and the other is a toad. This book is funny, philosophical, and runs the gamut of emotions from jealousy, embarrassment, anger and how to deal with it, to tension, bravery and community caring, all washed down with delicious cakes, special police language and notes of wisdom each stamped with a bold Kla-dunk.

Early independent readers will lose themselves in the story of how two
Ames Public Library Youth Services
I very much enjoyed this sweet little book about two detectives, an old frog and a young mouse, and the cases they solve together. It's the 3rd in a series but I read this one first without any trouble.

Mysterious nighttime scrabbling and two missing small animals form the mysteries to be solved by our intrepid duo. Lessons about kindness and the joy of cakes come along the way!

Sure to be enjoyed by beginning chapter readers who like animals or colored pictures along with their text, as well as b
Anastasia Tuckness
I very much enjoyed this sweet little book about two detectives, an old frog and a young mouse, and the cases they solve together. It's the 3rd in a series but I read this one first without any trouble.

Mysterious nighttime scrabbling and two missing small animals form the mysteries to be solved by our intrepid duo. Lessons about kindness and the joy of cakes come along the way!

Sure to be enjoyed by beginning chapter readers who like animals or colored pictures along with their text, as well as b
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
A great story about two police officers who work in the forest. With Gordon on vacation, Buffy is all alone to solve the great cases on her own. When she starts to become scared and worried about all of the noises that she hears, she searches out officer Gordon in hopes that he can help. Kids will enjoy this story as it isn't too long is a fairly quick read.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, read-aloud-2018
This series of detective novels for young children is lovely. There are three books featuring Detective Gordon and Buffy. They are gentle and very amusing mysteries with charming characters and meaningful story lines exploring topics that will resonant with children and adults alike. For fans of Frog and Toad stories. Very enjoyable readaloud.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lower-elem
Gordon decided he was retired but missed the police station and his friend.
Buffy missed Gordon but wanted to show him she could do the job.
They both figure out they need each other to solve the cases and be the forest police department.
This time the case involves two kids who leave the kindergarten and set out on their own.
The whole forest works together to find them and bring them home.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. Whimsical illustrations but didn’t really enjoy the prose. And while looking for the missing protagonists the police chief says she smells death and that a death has occurred. Turns out to be an old bird they died, but o didn’t like how it was handled in a book clearly for very young readers.
Karen Arendt
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the color illustrations in each chapter. The two detectives learn from kindergarteners in this story about being a good friend and Detective Gordon comes out of retirement. A perfect read aloud for 1st and 2nd grades.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I never logged this. It was probably up to month before this date. The whole series is pretty simplistic, but sweet. I had read this one out of order so now it makes more sense.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellemae
EM said to give it 5 stars! Luke (who read some) was not a fan, I thought it was cute!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
This book was adorable and sweet, a perfect book for a young reader getting into chapter books and mysteries and still looking for something light.
Tina Hoggatt
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How I love this series with its gentle humor, loving friendships and snappy little mysteries. And oh, that big, heavy stamp. A love letter to humanity.
Stephanie Tournas
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Buffy, a shy mouse, is acting Chief of Police, while her mentor, Gordon, is the semi-retired toad who previously held that office. Several mysteries present themselves in this gentle short chapter book. I like that these two friends are girl and man, young and old, and different animals, although they share the love of cake and solving mysteries. Gentle humor will make kids smile: when Buffy first hears noises at night, she thinks she should call the police. Then she remembers: she was the polic ...more
I enjoyed the previous two books in this series by a renowned Swedish author, and this one--the final in the series from what I understand--did not disappoint me. Detective Gordon, a curmudgeonly toad, is enjoying his retirement from police work, and now spends his days fishing. His replacement, Buffy, a shy but resilient mouse, is trying to feel her way into her new role as Police Chief. Even while she takes great satisfaction in stamping papers--Kla-dunk!--just like Detective Gordon used to do ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slj-reviews, children
Starred review in School Library Journal, March 1st, 2017.

Gr 1–4—Everyone's favorite cake-eating toad, Detective Gordon, has retired from police work and has embarked upon a life of leisure. Buffy, his stalwart deputy, is now chief detective, and the little mouse takes her job most seriously. Unfortunately, she is plagued by strange noises at night and longs for her old friend and confidant. Meanwhile, Gordon is beginning to find his retirement less than stimulating and misses his beautiful pol
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite of the 3 - what do you do when you feel jealous, scared or competitive? How do you talk to yourself? How do you defeat or encourage yourself without even being aware that is what you're doing.
I like these books and the quiet way they encourage readers to think.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is the third and last book in the Detective Gordon mystery series. In this book, Gordon has retired and Buffy is now the only detective in the police station. Buffy starts hearing strange noises in the middle of the night. She’d love to have Gordon back to help solve the mystery of the scrabbling noises in the night. Meanwhile readers discover that Gordon is getting restless in retirement and that at night he heads to the police station to check on Buffy, making the noises that are scaring ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute tale! I've never seen the first two books and will have to look for them.
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Detective Gordon - A case in Any Case
Author: Ulf Nilsson
Illustrator: Gitte Spee
Published: 3-1-2017
Publisher: Gecko Press/ Myrick Marketing & Media LLC
Pages: 108
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense; Animals
ISBN: 13: 9781776571086
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.25 Stars

I received a copy of "Detective Gordon: A Case in Any Case" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

For Grades 2 to 4. Buffy i
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Review here
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Other books in the series

Kommissarie Gordon (4 books)
  • Detective Gordon: The First Case
  • A Complicated Case (Detective Gordon # 2)
  • A Case for Buffy (Detective Gordon #4)