Title: Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the soccer scheme
Author: Donald J. Sobol
Publisher: Dutton children’s books
The lead character in this story is a teenager, Leroy. His nickname is Encyclopedia because he is very knowledgeable. His father is the chief of police in the town of Idaville. Sometimes Encyclopedia Brown would assist his father to solve some cases. Most of the time Encyclopedia Brown solves cases in the town related to scams and other characters in town, through his detective agency.
There are 10 cases in this book and they are solved by Encyclopedia Brown at the end, except the last case which he was not involved. In the main story of the soccer scheme, Encyclopedia Brown was sure that the referee was biased. What made him so sure? In another story involving what sounded like an investment scheme, Encyclopedia Brown was sure it was a scam. What made him so sure? The readers are challenged to solve the cases before flipping to the back of the book for the solutions.
The author, Donald J. Sobol, passed away in 2012 and this story was published in 2012. From what I found on the internet, this is the last story in the Encyclopedia Brown series penned by Sobol. I read a number of the stories in the series in the late 1980s as a young boy. Picking up this book brought me back to those days when I would look forward to reading a new case despite failing to solve them, and sometimes the solutions seemed so obvious. Now that I am older I managed to solve some of the cases. Perhaps it is true that wisdom comes with age.
PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.