“The reader will in one moment be laughing, and then in the next moment will be drawn into the suspense of the story.” (Maria Foley, Book Junkies)
AGE RANGE – 8 TO 12 YEARS OLD.
Pinkley’s skills are called into play in the first case of a reluctant career.
One night, in a high security laboratory, a scientist mysteriously disappears, leaving behind an overly nervous assistant and a trail of pumpkin juice. Pinkley is hired to investigate the disappearance by the professor’s beautiful daughter, forcing him to quickly learn the skills he needs to solve his first major crime.
But every move Pinkley makes is being watched.
As he blunders from one clue to the next he stumbles across secret messages, talking pumpkins, the Russian mafia, and hired hitmen. His life now depends on him solving the case. Not to mention the future of mankind!
“There is an old-school charm to this novel, with a touch of witty-humor (at times “bathroom-humor”) that makes for a great read for middle-schoolers.” (Elsa Takaoka, picturestoryebook.com)