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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Detective Gordon: A Case In Any Case
by Ulf Nilsson
Age Range: 9-11
Detective Gordon is back again with a brand new case or is he? While taking a well-earned break in his cottage by the lake his young assistant Buffy is in sole charge at the small police station in the forest. Buffy is not finding it easy being a police officer on her own and misses Gordon, especially when she hears strange noises outside the station at night. Buffy decides to seek Gordon out to ask for help. And when two children go missing it really does need both their expertise to solve the mystery.
Has the philosophical Detective Gordon lost his touch though? Buffy has been steadily gaining confidence in her new role and becoming quite adept with her interviewing techniques although she feels she still needs Gordon’s experience to help with the case.
Here is another warm and funny Detective Gordon case from Swedish author Ulf Nilsson that is just as enjoyable as the previous two titles. As the series has progressed the character of the two main protagonists has developed. In ‘A Case in Any Case’ we see a much less certain Detective Gordon, wondering if he still has what it takes to be a good police chief. While Buffy is filled with self-doubt about taking over she nevertheless demonstrates a real flare for police work showing that she both is competent and capable.
Once again, the expressive and humorous watercolour artwork by Gitte Spee really captures all the nuances of Nilsson’s text (translated by Julia Marshall) making these books a joy to read.
Other titles in the series are Detective Gordon: The First Case (2015) and Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case (2016), both reviewed on the website.