Who are the scurvy thieves loose in the woodland district?
The “famous Detective Gordon” is a portly, old toad. He’s the only police official in his district. Though he’s wise and experienced, he’s often a bit tired. He always skillfully applies the tools of his trade: his intellect, his official stamp, which goes “Kla-dunk” in a very satisfying way, and his pistol (safely locked away). When Vladimir the squirrel rushes in crying for his lost stash of nuts, Detective Gordon stakes out Vladimir’s nut hole. He catches his friend Buffy, a poor, hungry mouse, stealing one nut, but Buffy could not possibly have stolen all 204 nuts missing from Vladimir’s hole. Kindly Detective Gordon deputizes Buffy and finds it’s most excellent to have someone young and enthusiastic (and nimble) around the office. But can the detective duo discover the identity of the thieves? If a heretofore-unknown collaboration between Agatha Christie and A.A. Milne were to be uncovered, it would likely bear a striking resemblance to Nilsson’s charming, wry and entertaining chapter-book mystery. Deftly translated by Marshall and decorated with Spee’s delightful full-color illustrations of clothed woodland creatures, this gentle tale of intergenerational friendship reads like a classic.
The only sadness is that Volume 2 isn’t immediately available. (Mystery. 4-10)