The Master Handbooks
2 Books

Various

Guides for Detectives and Spys in the making

The Master Handbooks

These books, by different authors, are some of the most thorough detective and spy handbooks avialable (...for kids of course).

Each page is filled with incredible illustrations and facts, tips and tricks for becoming a budding spy or detective, all bought to life by Jason Chin's amazing watercolor work.

Solvable mysteries don't feature much here, instead it follows the young detectives solving their puzzle, with each page showing how they are doing it - ballistics analysis, fingerprinting, camouflage (in streamers), time-of-death (with an action figure and a bar of chocolate of course - no humans die here) etc etc. It's clever and draws you in further with each page.

Books in this series
The Master Detective Handbook
Janie Eaton Kilby
Jason Chin (Illustrator)
2007

What does it take to solve a crime? Inquiring kids want to know, so the kid super-sleuths at the Pinkerton Detective Agency have invited detectives-in-training to join them in unraveling a mystery. Along with the great story comes plenty of interesting projects, activities, and tasks. Imaginative watercolor illustrations feature visual clues just waiting to be found. Coded messages require deciphering. And to do their part, readers have to start a case file, complete with paperwork, photos, a crime scene sketch, and other pertinent details.

Goodreads
4.18
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9781579908492
The Master Spy Handbook
Rain Newcomb
Jason Chin (Illustrator)
2005

The huge success of Spy Kids and other similar movies makes it clear: children love watching young agents who are smart enough and tough enough to beat the bad guys—and they fantasize about doing it themselves. That’s why they’ll be thrilled to hear about Agent O, the world’s most top-secret secret agent. No one knows Agent O’s true identity—especially that O is still a kid! And budding sleuths can get in on the fun, because this fully-illustrated handbook gives them the opportunity to help Agent O fight a criminal mastermind, crack the codes that reveal a perilous scheme for world domination, and make all sorts of cool gadgets and disguises.

Goodreads
4.3
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
96 pages
ISBN 9781600592898