Monday, February 8, 2016

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse by Bruce Hale

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: A Chet Gecko MysteryThis book is the first in the Chet Gecko series, and I gave it a rating of three out of five. Chet Gecko is a chameleon in elementary school, but he also happens to be a detective. For his first case, a classmate hires him to find her missing kindergarten brother, and he must be found by the end of the day. A stink-bug pie will be Chet's reward if he can solve the case. He discovers that a dangerous Gila Monster and his rat buddies are involved, and the clues are hard to find. Chet gets help from a mockingbird, and the solution to the student's disappearance is a surprise.

The book is very easy to read, and Chet is a funny character. He's a pretty lousy detective, but he manages to solve his cases. He gets himself into funny situations to help find clues. For example, he wants to go to the office to check out a lead. He asks his teacher to go see the principal, but the teacher repeatedly refuses to let Chet go. Finally, the teacher gets fed up and sends Chet to the office. Silly. The plot is fun to read, but it's not classic literature.

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