Unexpectedly promoted to detective when his predecessor goes missing and a supervisor is killed, agency clerk Charles Unwin struggles with inexperience and nerves during a case in which he encounters bizarre clues and is framed for murder.
Anjanette Delgado has had it with the self-assured smugness of old-school detectives. She recommends three tales celebrating amateur sleuths — a clerk, a captain and an 11-year-old girl — as they fumble through their newfound detective duties.
Any responsible list of summer reading must acknowledge the grim truth that summer is not all vacation. Here, then, is a list for hazy and crazy days, as well as for the lazy ones — and for the Days Memorial, Father's, Independence and Labor.