13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over As A Kid

Sorry, Sherlock. You’ve been replaced.

How well did your inner sleuth solve the cases in these books?

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1. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

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Synopsis: Young Nate solves crimes with the help of his trusty dog, Sludge.
Year of First Publication: 1972
Number of Books in Series: 26
Fun Fact: There’s a spin-off series featuring Nate’s cousin, Olivia Sharp.

2. Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield

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Synopsis: Detective Dinosaur solves mini-crimes in these beginner-reader books.
Year of First Publication: 1998
Number of Books in Series: 3
Fun Fact: In 2010, Detective Dinosaur Undercover won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award.

3. Jigsaw Jones by James Preller

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Sypnosis: Puzzling-loving Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones solves crimes revolving around his second-grade class.
Year of First Publication: 1998
Number of Books in Series: 32 in the original series
Fun Fact: Originally, Jigsaw’s name was Otis, not Theodore, as it appears in the series.

4. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

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Synopsis: Kid detectives Donald David “Dink” Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway solve crimes in the fictional town of Green Lawn, Connecticut.
Year of First Publication: 1997
Number of Books in Series: 26 books in the original series
Fun Fact: Roy was adamant about not including any violence in his work, and hoped to teach children to use their minds over their fists.

5. Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler

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Synopisis: Fifth grader Jennifer “Cam” Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve puzzling mysteries.
Year of First Publication: 1980
Number of Books in Series: 35 in the original series
Fun Fact: In 2004, there was an off-Broadway play based on the series.

6. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

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Synopsis: Intelligent sleuth Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown solves crimes using his vast array of knowledge.
Year of First Publication: 1963
Number of Books in Series: 29
Fun Fact: The books spawned a short-lived TV show in the early ’90s.

7. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus

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Synopsis: Basil of Baker Street gets to the bottom of mysteries going on in the mouse community, which resides inside Sherlock Holmes’ cellar.
Year of First Publication: 1958
Number of Books in Series: 5
Fun Fact: Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective is based on Titus’ books.

8. The Boxcar Children by Gerturde Chandler Warner

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Synopsis: Four orphaned children solve mysteries while playing in a boxcar in their grandfather’s backyard.
Year of First Publication: 1924, but reissued in 1942
Number of Books in Series: 139 in the original series — Warner only wrote the first 19 books, and the rest were written by various authors.
Fun Fact: An animated movie was made in 2014, and included the voice talents of Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons.

9. Wishbone Mysteries by Various Authors

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Synopsis: Wishbone helps his human friends solve mysteries happening in the fictional town of Oakdale.
Year of First Publication: 1997
Number of Books in Series: 20 in the original series
Fun Fact: There were four Wishbone Super Mysteries that had longer page counts for older readers.

10. The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries by Ann M. Martin

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Synopsis: Members of the Baby-Sitters’ Club must juggle school, their jobs, and mysteries that happen in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
Year of First Publication: 1991
Number of Books in Series: 36 in the original series
Fun Fact: Milton-Bradley made a Baby-Sitters’ Club Mystery game in 1992.

11. Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Synopsis: Fiery and sassy Sammy solves crimes in her fictional town of Santa Martina, California, while living with her grandmother.
Year of First Publication: 1998
Number of Books in Series: 18
Fun Fact: Van Draanen’s first book in the series, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won the Edgar award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

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12. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

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Synopsis: Teenage sleuth Nancy finds herself surrounded by numerous mysteries in the fictional town of River Heights.
Year of First Publication: 1930
Number of Books in Series: 175 in the original series
Fun Fact: Carolyn Keene does not exist. The books were written by ghost writers, and the franchise was created by Edward Stratemeyer.

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13. The Hardy Boys by Frank W. Dixon

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Synopsis: Teenage brothers Frank and Joe live with their mother and detective father, solving crimes in Bayport.
Year of First Publication: 1927
Number of Books in Series: 58 in the original series
Fun Fact: Franklin W. Dixon also doesn’t exist. He’s another pseudonym crafted by Edward Stratemeyer for what’s now Simon and Schuster publishing.

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This Short Reimagines A New, Grittier Power Rangers

Not the Power Rangers you remember.

1. Film producer Adi Shankar just released a short film that reimagines the “Power Rangers” in a dark dystopian future.

2. It features James Van Der Beek as the Red Ranger.

3. Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica as the Pink Ranger.

4. And a grizzled and battle-scarred version of Tommy, the former green/white ranger.

5. The short has plenty of adult content and language.

6. And has no shortage of action and gore.

7. Sankar told HitFix that he made the short as an extreme take on Hollywood’s obsession with dark and gritty reboots.

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“The intention was not only to make it dark and gritty but make it even darker and grittier than you could possibly imagine, hence the brains, the blood and the violence and the sex.”

8. Needless to say, these aren’t the same Power Rangers from your childhood.

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19 Times Jennifer Lopez Proved She Was The Celeb Having The Most Fun On Instagram

Or 19 times we’re reminded just how incredible it would be to live like J.Lo.

1. The time she took a break from posing on the red carpet at the Golden Globes to take a selfie with Ryan Guzman.

2. The time she wasn’t afraid to go head-to-head with Grumpy Cat on who could take a grumpier selfie.

Obviously Grumpy won. Also, is Ryan Seacrest just drunk in this photo?

3. The time she got a fabulous photobomb from Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.

4. The time she showed everyone how to take a flawless car selfie.

FTR, she is not driving.

5. The time she put on red lipstick and made her hair crunchy with mousse to pay homage to the ’90s.

6. The time she posted this adorable selfie of herself and her BFF Leah Remini cuddling.

7. The time she had a totally sweet backstage reunion with her Maid in Manhattan co-star, Tyler Posey.

8. The time she literally did a selfie Inception on the set of American Idol.

9. The time she and Beyoncé just looked like the definition of cool partying together.

10. The time she showed us that, yes, being a diva and international celebrity is a dangerous job.

11. The time she let us know that even an international star needs to spend some quality time with her mom.

12. The time she gave us this perfect #TBT of her days as a Fly Girl on In Living Color.

13. The time she reminded us not to be fooled by all the rocks that she’s got…

14. …’cause she’s still “Jenny from the block.”

15. The time she wasn’t too above fangirling when trying to get a photo with Pitbull.

16. The time she gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to look red carpet ready.

17. The time she did what any of us would do if were sitting next to Meryl Streep…

18. …or hanging with First Lady Michelle Obama: TAKE A SELFIE!

19. And finally, the time when she posted this awesome video she made with a Barbie that was made in her likeness.

‘Cause when you’re a fabulous as J.Lo., even Barbie wants to have you as a friend.

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18 Things You Didn’t Know About “Twin Peaks”

The owls are not what they seem.

1. The series was originally supposed to take place in North Dakota.

“Long before we moved into the Pacific Northwest, we were playing around with this idea of the plains and a place far away from the world. But what we really lacked was that sense of mystery in the forest and the darkness that moving a little further west had.” —Mark Frost

2. The show’s creators didn’t want to reveal the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer.


“The murder of Laura Palmer was the center of the story, the thing around which all the show’s other elements revolved — like a sun in a little solar system. It was not supposed to get solved. The idea was for it to recede a bit into the background, and the foreground would be that week’s show. But the mystery of the death of Laura Palmer would stay alive.” —David Lynch

3. Before Twin Peaks, co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch teamed up to write a Marilyn Monroe biopic, titled Goddess, which was never produced.

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They even worked their failed venture into Agent Cooper’s monologue in the series premiere: “There are two things that continue to trouble me, and I’m speaking now not only as an agent of the bureau but also as a human being. What really went on between Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys, and who really pulled the trigger on JFK.”

4. Actor Kyle MacLachlan axed the romantic storyline between Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne.


“I’m not supposed to say it. But David knows I tell what happens, and what happened was that Lara [Flynn Boyle] was dating Kyle [MacLachlan], and she was mad that my character was getting more attention, so then Kyle started saying that his character shouldn’t be with my character because it doesn’t look good, ’cause I’m too young. Literally, because of that, they brought in Heather Graham — who’s younger than I am — for him and Billy Zane for me. I was not happy about it. It was stupid.” —Sherilyn Fenn

5. You can stay at the Great Northern Hotel for $230 a night.

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6. The original Twin Peaks population count was 5,120, not 51,201.

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According to the fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks: “It was supposed to be only a fraction of that, but afraid its viewers wouldn’t be able to relate to such a small town, ABC demanded Twin Peaks to be more populated. So David Lynch and Mark Frost appended a ‘1’ at the end.”

7. Despite the show’s success, the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was booed at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, and bombed at the U.S. box office.



“The movie is a true folly—almost nothing in it adds up—yet it isn’t jokey and smug like Lynch’s last film, Wild at Heart, or his recent TV series, the gruesomely wacked-out On the Air, which seemed to pick up where the disastrous second half of Twin Peaks left off. In Fire Walk With Me, he’s at least trying to recover his poetic sincerity. There have always been two sides to Lynch: the inscrutable, demonic prankster and the rhapsodic dreamer. If only his dreams weren’t starting to look like reruns.” —Owen Gleiberman, EW

8. At one point, Mikhail Gorbachev persuaded George H.W. Bush to help him unearth who killed Laura Palmer:

Gorbachev made HW Bush try and get Lynch to admit who killed Laura Palmer

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9. Steven Spielberg was attached to direct the second season premiere, but Lynch insisted on directing the episode himself.

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“Because we were friendly we talked about it a lot and he said to me in passing how fun it would be to direct an episode so I went to Mark over the summer and said, ‘This probably is not a bad way to kick off the second season, right?’ So we sat down with him and had this very long meeting about the second season and Steven just said ‘I want it to be as weird as possible, it’ll be so much fun’ so whether or not he would have even done it – we’ll never really know, but when Mark told David he didn’t even hesitate saying, ‘No, no, I think I’ll direct the first one. Maybe he can direct later in the season’ – which he obviously didn’t.” —Twin Peaks producer Harley Peyton

10. It only took 20 minutes for David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti to come up with the theme song.

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The Love Theme, which is heard repeatedly throughout the series, is a short, twisted piece of music, lasting about three minutes. But the sheer speed and ease of its composition indicate what a happy collaboration Badalamenti and Lynch share.” —Ron Givens, EW

11. The bizarre vocal patterns in the Red Room were achieved by having the actors read their lines in reverse.

12. Josie Packard’s character was originally supposed to be Italian.


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“For starters, she wasn’t even supposed to exist – the role was rewritten to suit actor Joan Chen’s Chinese heritage after Isabella Rossellini left the project.” —Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone

13. Frank Silva (aka “Bob”) was also the show’s set decorator.

14. The zig-zagging black-and-white floor pattern in the Black Lodge was also featured in David Lynch’s film Eraserhead (1977).


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15. Zooey Deschanel’s dad directed three episodes, and her mom played Donna Hayward’s mother, Eileen.


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16. Maddie Ferguson’s character is from Missoula, Montana, which is also David Lynch’s hometown.

17. A novel titled The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks (written by Mark Frost) will be published later this year to update readers on the lives of the main characters over the past 25 years.

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”’The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,’ which has also been picked up all over the world, will go on sale in late 2015, ahead of Showtime’s revival of the series.” —Tim Kenneally, The Wrap

18. Peggy Lipton (aka Norma Jennings) is mom to Parks and Recreations actress Rashida Jones.


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The new Twin Peaks season will air on Showtime in 2016.

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