In honor of this week’s “Dare Detectives” review, I’m giving away a copy of the book, along with the recently released “Judge Bao.”
Both hardcovers are compact in size and should fit well on your bookshelf.
“The Dare Detectives: The Snow-Pea Plot” by Ben Caldwell is a fun adventure, about a trio of down-on-their-luck detectives, two human and one lupine. The rabbit, of course, has the best lines as they try and solve the caper involving a sexy new crime boss and a bunch of stolen snow peas (and kidnapped Chinese chefs). I reviewed it earlier this week in an all-ages post. The Chinatown romp doesn’t contain any offensive material, but it is aimed a bit older.
“Judge Bao & the Jade Phoenix” by Patrick Marty and Chongrui Nie is rated Mature for nudity, profanity and violence, so this giveaway is adults only. The beautifully illustrated book, originally published in France, is done in a woodblock style but with a lot of detail. Archaia calls Judge Bao “China’s answer to Sherlock Holmes.” He’s new to comics, but not to literature. Bao and his associates travel the Middle Kingdom to fight corruption and injustice. In this story, Judge Bao helps a young man whose mother says he was falsely imprisoned for murder in a small town. Sounds more like Perry Mason.
For your chance to win, send your name and address to email@example.com. Use “Archaia” as your subject line, and enter only once by May 4. U.S. entries only. Again, this one is for adults only.