Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked (2013)

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2013. HarperCollins. 226 pages. [Source: Library]

I absolutely LOVE AND ADORE Jarret J. Krosoczka's new novel, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. It was love from the very start!

"This is the city, Kalamazoo City. Population: 75,000. By day, it's a bright, vibrant metropolis, the kind of city where dreams come true... Those who don't live here dream of making it here. And those who do, well, they know that there's just no city like it."

It goes on, "On one particular evening, a rather dapper-looking frog stood looking very much out of place among the rifraff who nightly roamed the docks. He was dressed like a teacher. In fact, he was a teacher. Professor Hopkins."

It just doesn't get better than that! Who would not want to read this book? That is, if you like or love detective stories!!! This book has atmosphere and attitude and is practically perfect in every way. The stars of this book are Rick Zengo (a rookie) and his partner Corey O'Malley. They are essentially trying to solve a few mysteries: 1) where did Professor Hopkins go? He hasn't been seen in a few days and I believe his jacket was found in suspicious circumstances along with a few tire tracks. Is he dead or alive? Has this frog croaked? 2) who is responsible for bringing in illegal fish and selling it at the school and school sponsored events? Illegal fish is dangerous, don't you know?!

Loved it from cover to cover! Highly recommend.

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