Google Brown - Boy Detective

Google Brown Mysteries, Volume 1

Children - Grade 4th-6th
102 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2014
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Author Biography

Garry Taylor was born and raised in Kentucky. Growing up, he enjoyed riding his bike, reading comic books and mystery detective stories, playing with computers, and making art. He dreamed of visiting some of the big cities and far away places that he had read about. When he grew up, he got a job as a computer programmer, took up pottery making as a hobby, and read lots of mystery stories. After living in big cities and visiting far away places, he decided that there was no place he’d rather be than in Kentucky, where he lives today, still making pottery, writing computer programs, reading mysteries (and occasionally reading comic books as well).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Google Brown - Boy Detective: Google Brown Mysteries, Volume 1 is a collection of short mystery stories for children and preteens written by Garry F. Taylor. Geoffrey Brown is an 11-year-old who lives with his older sister Susan and their parents in Thomasville. While his parents and teachers call him Geoffrey, everyone else calls him Google, because he reads all the time and remembers what he reads, so he seems to know as much as the Google search engine. Google's dad is a police officer and so is his grandfather, and Google loves to solve mysteries as well. He's begun helping kids in the neighborhood when things mysteriously disappear. Readers of Google Brown - Boy Detective are invited to help Google solve each mystery before they turn the page to find out the answer.

Garry F. Taylor's children and preteen short mystery story collection, Google Brown - Boy Detective: Google Brown Mysteries, Volume 1 is filled with mysteries that just cry out to be solved before you turn the page. Some require a bit of knowledge, but others can be solved simply through a careful reading of the facts. I had so much fun solving, or attempting to solve, each of the mysteries contained in this collection. Google's explanations for his answers are fabulous even if you have already guessed correctly. Taylor's also done an excellent job of getting rid of gender stereotypes in Google Brown - Boy Detective. Susan and her mother are the athletes in the family, and Susan helps Google resolve conflicts with bullies. Taylor's ace detective, Google Brown, is prepared to solve any mystery that comes his way, and it's quite entertaining to see just how he does it. Google Brown - Boy Detective: Google Brown Mysteries, Volume 1 is most highly recommended.