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The Highly Effective Detective Series
Also known or published as Teddy Ruzak Mysteries
Author: Rick Yancey
Number of Books in Series: 4
Age Group: 14 years and up

Reading Level: AR Level 5.1
GLE estimated 4.6
F&P/GRL estimated O
DRA estimated 50
Lexile® measure estimated 745L

Book 1 Summary: From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions of a Tax Collector and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp comes this hilarious and thrilling series debut featuring a lovable but bumbling private investigator.

Meet Teddy Ruzak, the oversized, over-his-head P.I. whose first case begins with the hit-and-run killing of a gaggle of goslings.

After his ailing mother dies, Teddy quits his job as a night watchman to fulfill his childhood dream of being a detective. With little planning and even less foresight, he hangs up his shingle and hires his favorite waitress from the local diner to be his Girl Friday.

And his first case? Bringing to justice the thoughtless driver who mows down six baby geese. Not the most exciting assignment - until Teddy's "wild-goose chase" quickly evolves into an investigation of a vicious murder.


Highly Effective Detective Book List:



The stories are sequential in terms of character development but the main plots are relatively independent in each book. It's probably best to read these in order, but not critical.

Book 1: The Highly Effective Detective
Ages 14 and up. June 27, 2006.
AR: 5.1 (11.0 Points, Quiz #107708)

Book 2: The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs
Ages 14 and up. August 19, 2008.

Book 3: The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool
Ages 14 and up. March 2, 2010.

Book 4: The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line
Ages 14 and up. February 15, 2011.

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 4 Books


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Author Website for Rick Yancey




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