Encyclopedia Brown author Donald J. Sobol has passed away this week at the age of 87 years.
During the 70′s I spent hours upon hours reading Encyclopedia Brown books. Not only did he produce longer mystery books featuring Encyclopedia Brown, but I was always a fan of the Two-Minute Mysteries series. He always seemed to be able to solve the case with a simple clue that was right before your eyes. Listed below are some that I can remember.
- The suspect was lying because he stated he saw a squirrel back down a tree (they go forward and never backward)
- Who was cheating in class? The single word clues were palindromes. Only one student had a name that was a palindrome.
- The suspect was lying because he stated he saw a group of soldiers marching in unison over a bridge. They would never do this because the resulting vibration could cause the bridge to collapse. Is this true?
What was your favorite clue or mystery that Encyclopedia Brown solved?