The Case of the Missing Masterpiece
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Last year Piccolo showed signs of life (Thomas Rockwell, Judy Blume, Carol Beach York ...) but now I'm wondering if they've U-turned again. Here's more neo-Blytonia, though not the worst kind because it's been roughly tarted up to suit 1980s Britain. Sherlock Holmes freak Dan is challenged by a bullying type to 'solve' a local art robbery. He does (with a little help from the three friends) thereby inspiring another series of juvenile detective stories, The Baker Street Irregulars. The opening isn't too bad --- although I can't imagine any school starting a fire drill with the kids in the playground --- but it soon deteriorates. 'For those who like that sort of thing ...'