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Agaton Sax and the Colossus of Rhodes

Agaton Sax and the Colossus of Rhodes by Nils-Olof Franzén; ill. Quentin Blake (André Deutsch, 1972) [From the Swedish Agaton Sax och den bortkomne mr Lispington, 1966] There’s plenty of fun to be had following Swedish super sleuth Agaton Sax in his masterly pursuit of the world’s most dastardly criminals. The focus on bureaucratic filibuster and a sequence of muddles…

Agaton Sax and the Diamond Thieves

Agaton Sax and the Diamond Thieves by Nils-Olof Franzén; ill. Quentin Blake; trans. Evelyn Ramsden (Andre Deutsch, 1965) The fourth book in Franzén’s detective series but the first in English translation. Agaton Sax retains his customary self-assurance, yet the story in this instance seems a little extemporised and so he ends up in pursuit rather than mastery of the plot.…

Agaton Sax and Lispington’s Grandfather Clock

Agaton Sax and Lispington’s Grandfather Clock by Nils-Olof Franzén; ill. Quentin Blake (Andre Deutsch, 1978) The last of Franzén’s Agaton Sax books sees the great detective once again triumphant in the face of nefarious criminal undertakings, the harried mishaps of his good friend Inspector Lispington, and even the unfortunate magnetism of Andreas Kark. A fittingly ebullient finale.    

Agaton Sax and the Haunted House

Agaton Sax and the Haunted House by Nils-Olof Franzén; illustrated by Quentin Blake (Andre Deutsch, 1975) Bolstered by Blake’s zesty drawings, Franzén gives YA readers the perfect introduction to crime fiction. His irrepressibly competent Swedish detective Agaton Sax, along with the harried, hapless Inspector Lispington, form a memorable duo fighting the bumbling wiles of the international criminal fraternity.