There were three people who had access to Fred in the minute window when he was believed to have been taken: Dr. King was a volunteer at the aquarium, and Sam Maine was in charge of cleaning and maintaining the reptile and amphibian exhibits. Chief Brown questioned the three. Maine said that he was busy cleaning the exhibits and feeding some of the lizards. Maine also said that he was suspicious of King.
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Style[ edit ] This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Each book in the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series is self-contained in that the reader is not required to have read earlier books in order to understand the stories. The major characters, settings, etc.
Books featuring Brown are subdivided into a number—usually ten or more—of possibly interlinked short stories, each of which presents a mystery. The mysteries are intended to be solved by the reader, thanks to the placement of a logical or factual inconsistency somewhere within the text. Brown, his father, or Sally Kimball invariably solves the case by exposing this inconsistency, in the "Answers" section in the back of the book. Formula[ edit ] Often, these books follow a formula where in the first chapter involves Brown solving a case at the dinner table for his father, the local police chief in the fictional seaside town of Idaville in an unspecified state.
When Chief Brown barely tastes his meal, that is a cue he was handed a difficult case. He pulls out his casebook and goes over it with the family. Encyclopedia solves these cases by briefly closing his eyes while he thinks deeply, then asking a single question which directly leads to him finding the solution. The second mystery often begins in the Brown garage on Rover Avenue, where Encyclopedia has set up his own detective agency to help neighborhood children solve cases for "25 cents per day, plus expenses - No case too small.
She is the only reason neither Bugs nor any of his Tigers ever try to physically attack Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia tends to dislike anyone whom Sally has a crush on, possibly indicating that he has a crush on her. Also intelligent, Sally once attempted—in the first book of the series—to prove herself smarter than Encyclopedia by stumping him with a mystery of her own creation.
However, she was beaten in the contest although Encyclopedia admitted that she almost tricked him , after which she became his friend.
In subsequent storylines Bugs or his gang usually set up some sort of trap to get Encyclopedia or Sally in trouble. However, as in the previous story, they make a key mistake which Encyclopedia exposes. Later cases may find Encyclopedia assisting his father at a crime scene rarely more serious than larceny , and Encyclopedia is always discreet when helping his father or interacting with people around town, often exposing scams.
One such example is a high school dropout and would-be con artist named Wilford Wiggins who spends time trying to dream up schemes to fleece kids out of their money. Like Bugs, his schemes have an inconsistency which Encyclopedia exposes. In some cases it is Sally and not Encyclopedia who figures it out because, as she tells Encyclopedia, "You are a boy.
Sally further displays her intelligence in the various mysteries in that she often can deduce who committed the crime, or whether a certain person is lying, but she simply cannot always prove it.
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
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