17 January 2011

The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues; Ellen Raskin

The Tatooed PotatoThe Tatooed Potato by Ellen RaskinMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

How observant are you? That's the question Garson asks of the unfortunately named Dickory Dock, his new assistant. Garson's a painter - somewhat slick, not particularly insightful - who owns a townhouse in Greenwich Village. Soon after Dickory starts, Garson moves to the top two floors, leaving the ground floor to Manny Mallomar and Shrimps Marinara, and Isaac, the disfigured deaf-mute.

Dickory's life becomes more complicated when Inspector Quinn asks Garson's help solving a mystery... and then another mystery... and then a third mystery. Taking on the personae of Inspector Nosegar and Sergeant Kod, Dickory and Garson assist the police by looking beneath the surface of the crime. It turns out, however, that the police don't really need their help - they're trying to solve the crime going on inside the townhouse.

There's humor, mild violence, and much to keep middle grade readers interested.

ARC provided by publisher.

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