The Case of the Gasoline Pill
Twinkletoes Willis earned his nickname because he was the fastest runner in all of Idaville. He was often seen running everywhere. When he was seen limping into to the Brown Detective Agency, Encyclopedia worried that Twinkletoes was injured. He was limping because he was carrying $12 in his shoe. Twinkletoes had gone to Mr. Arronzi’s shoemaker shop to have one of his shoes fixed, but since...
The Case of the Broken Window
John Hall had called Chief Brown at 8:40 and requested his presence at his party to solve a mystery. Since it was a costume party, Hall requested that Chief Brown came in costume, so as not to spook the other guests. Fifteen minutes later, Chief Brown and Encyclopedia were in the car, dressed up as a caveman and a pirate, respectively. A few things could be gleaned from that. 1) Chief Brown never...
WRCA Has Absurd Rules for Qualifying
Let me start off by explaining that I’m beyond asking why an organization such as the Worm Racers’ Club of America exists, and let me go straight to the rules for qualifying for a WRCA sanctioned event. In yesterday’s mystery, there was an opening in the WRCA State Championships, so one of the group’s members, Thad Dixon, was given the task of finding a worm to fill that...
The Case of Lightfoot Louie
Thad Dixon paid a visit to the Brown Detective Agency. I don’t believe we’ve met Thad before. He’s known around town for his worm racing. His worm, Sis-Boom-Bah, had won the time trials and was headed to the state championships. That is, until, Thad accidentally killed Sis-Boom-Bah. With an opening in the race, as a member of the Worm Racers’ Club of America – I’m not kidding, that was the name...
The Case of the Old Calendars
It was just another boring day in Idaville until Sally alerted Encyclopedia about a fight breaking out at Butch Mulligan’s house. Mulligan was a very large 18-year-old, so it seemed unlikely that someone would pick a fight with him. It actually wasn’t a fight, more of a one-sided ass-kicking. Mulligan was beating up a bunch of children. While I don’t have the stomach for adult-on-child beatdowns,...
I’m accused of everything! Listen, I haven’t stolen a thing for...– Bugs Meany While he was lying and he did steal the object that he was accused of stealing, it should be noted that this is the first time Bugs has acknowledged his long history of stealing stuff. This is actually quite a breakthrough. The Case of the Overstuffed Pinata
The Case of the Mysterious Thief
Encyclopedia and Sally went to Mario’s Restaurant for some lunch. After placing their order, Encyclopedia studied each of the fifteen customers in the restaurant. That seems like extremely paranoid behavior for a typical 10-year-old, but this is Encyclopedia. Crime can’t help but follow him. He knows that at any moment, someone’s going to pull some shit and since the law enforcement in the area is...
Wilford [Wiggins] would try to sell electric forks to people on a hunger strike.– Encyclopedia Brown, who is actually wrong. The only people Wilford tries to sell things to are the idiot children of Idaville, keep coming close to falling for his stupid scams. The Case of the Fourth of July Artist
The Case of the Hidden Will
Brandon King owned the largest lumberyard in the area. When he died, there was a slight problem with the will – it was missing. Only King’s lawyer knew where it was, and he was sworn to secrecy. The stipulation was that if the will was not found within ninety days of his death, all of his money would go to the magicians’ union. Yeah, that’s a lot of weird info to take in. Why the magicians’ union?...
You prove I’m not honest in word and deed, and us Tigers will buy this...– Bugs Meany Not to spoil the surprises, but 1) they ended up having to buy that “whipple-dipple kid” another cake and a loaf of garlic bread; and 2) we never find out why Bugs referred to him as a “whipple-dipple kid.” The Case of the Missing Garlic Bread
The Case of the Parking Meters
Bugs did the old “call Encyclopedia for a phony meeting in some isolated place so that he would be left without an alibi” trick again, only this time, he did it twice and included Sally in on it. And like every other time, Bugs showed up at the Brown Detective Agency with some hapless police officer who apparently had nothing better to do with his time. This time, it was Officer Culp in tow, and...
The Case of the Hypnotism Lesson
Dave Foster came to the Brown Detective Agency suspicious that Bugs had cheated him out of money. This seemed very likely, so Encyclopedia heard Dave’s story in which Bugs charged Dave one dollar to teach him how to hypnotize a lobster. It started when Dave walked past Bugs and the Tigers at their clubhouse as they were enjoying a lobster feast. He told Dave that he had caught eleven lobsters...
The Case of the Dead Eagles
Encyclopedia and Charlie Stewart were on another one of their camping trips when Charlie thought he heard a gunshot. Though they were unsure if it was an illegal hunter or a murderer, the two boys went to find out what was going on. After all, how dangerous could it be for two children to chase after a murderer? They discovered a dead male golden eagle. Nearby was a nest with two eggs....
Anyone can win a marathon. It isn’t so easy to finish last.– Cicero Sturgess, who thinks winning a marathon laughably easy.
The Case of the Salami Sandwich
Ziggy Ketchum is a 16-year-old idiot who works at Hector’s Department Store. He’s the good kind of idiot, though; not the “I’m terrible at lying, but I’m going to lie anyway to cover up some sort of illegal activity” kind, which seem to be a dime a dozen in Idaville. Ziggy went to Brown Detective Agency in a panic. He needed to find his salami sandwich before he got fired. He explained that his...
The Case of the Exploding Plumbing
We’ve seen Winslow Brant before. He was junk collector who once found a map that he thought would have led him to a pirate treasure. He would have been cheated out of the treasure had the map been real and not some souvenir. Well, once again, Winslow got to be the victim. One Saturday morning, he called Encyclopedia after his toilet exploded. If I were in Winslow’s shoes, I would hope that my...
Shut up, Encyclopedia
Fangs: Wait'll you see my secret act. I juggle three apples and take bites in midair. At the end I'm juggling three apple cores.
Encyclopedia: Wow! That's core-dination.
The Case of the Frightened Witness
This story started when Sally returned from Luther Ginocchio’s house. Sally had typed a short story for Luther and she had gone to his house to drop it off for him. Luther was seen in his front yard, doing yard work. When Sally started talking to Luther, Bruno Devlin ran to the yard and looked as if he was there to help Luther. Sally thought this was odd, since Bruno had always been kind of a dick...
You Don't Deserve To Keep Your Money
Encyclopedia: Wilford didn't tell me about the meeting.
Lisa: He's sore at you. You always squelch his big money-making deals. Frankly, sometimes I don't trust him myself. ... You might keep me and the other kids from losing our money.
The Case of the Litterbugs
Marlo Fosgood thought he was doing good things for Idaville with his group called Pride. His group would find pick up litter seen around the town and mail it back to its origin, along with a strongly-worded letter about how littering is a dick move. How did his group know where the litter came from? He said that a lot of the litter was junk mail and bills, which had the addresses on them. Luckily,...
The Case of the Silver Dollar
In case you couldn’t tell from his name, Chauncey van Throckmorton was the local fancy pants. He seems way fancier than Percy Arbuthnot. What happened to that kid, anyway? Chauncey was easy to spot because he was normally dressed in suits. He was easy to hear as well, because the silver dollars in his pocket always jingled together. When he appeared at the Brown Detective Agency, he was dressed...