He’s the world’s first black bear detective, and he’s sure of himself.
“I’m not trying to say anything bad about them,”
Bearstone said, “But if a couple of schlemiels like my
cousins Winnie and Paddington can make it by screwing
things up, think what a bear detective could do.”
“Bear detective?” I asked.
“Sure,” he said. “What did you think, I was going to
stand in the park selling balloons to three-year-olds?
What kind of smarmy pap would that be?”
I shrugged.
“See, that’s what’s wrong with people, especially when
it comes to storybook characters,” he said. “They take all
that Mother Goose and Brothers Grimm stuff and they
treat it like it’s gospel like that’s the way it all went
down. They won’t even do that for the New York
Times.”
“And somehow, you know differently?” I asked.
“Believe me, I’d look into that stuff and get the real
info,” he said. “A lot of these so-called kids’ stories need
an adult’s oversight.”
He nonchalantly took a croissant out of a bag from the
Hungry Bear Donut Factory and took a bite. He offered a
croissant to me. It was a delicious buttery bribe.
“Bearstone Blackie, detective,” he said. “I represent
the Bear With Us Detective Agency in El Bruno.”
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“An unbearably good read!”

Five Star Review on Amazon By catlady

A thoroughly enjoyable book! Clever use of puns and mixing of popular culture with much loved characters from classic stories in a way will have you laugh out loud! Think: the social satire and wit of Mark Twain, (but for present day events), with the sweetness and goofiness of an Adam Sandler comedy and you *might* have it pictured without me giving spoilers and quoting my favorite passages. Speaking of pictures…I really think the next edition of this book deserves some additional artwork to illustrate each episode, because then it would be a GREAT book for grandparents to read aloud to their precocious grandchild (it’s way too subversive for parents to read to their kid!!). It definitely lends itself to multiple installments that would work for a bedtime story. Kids may look forward to the next flavor of cannoli in each chapter with a giggle, but the jokes work on more than one level, so adults will not be bored. And if you DO read it to a child, rest assured there are no explicit scenes or foul language! How refreshing that someone can write a good funny book without potty humor or the f-bomb? I loved it!

About the Author

Veteran Print and broadcast writer Ray Pace lives in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is President of the Hawaii Writers Guild, a member of the Kohala Writers Group, and the Waimea Writers Support Group. His books are Bearstone Blackie, Detective, and Hemingway, Memories of Les. His latest is Captain Mike’s Honolulu Fright Night Tour, a ghost story.

From The Thrilling Detective Website:

Bearstone Blackie
Created by Ray Pace

Someone’s leg is being pulled here. Hopefully, it’s not mine.

BEARSTONE BLACKIE claims to be the world’s first black bear detective, and he’s one cocky bruin. This scene form early in his debut, Bearstone Blackie, Detective (2017), pretty much sums up what you’re getting yourself into:

“I’m not trying to say anything bad about them… but if a couple of schlemiels like my cousins Winnie and Paddington can make it by screwing things up, think what a bear detective could do!”

“Bear detective?” I asked.

“Sure,” he said. “What did you think, I was going to stand in the park selling balloons to three-year-olds? What kind of smarmy pap would that be?”

I shrugged.

“See, that’s what’s wrong with people, especially when it comes to storybook characters,” he said. “They take all that Mother Goose and Brothers Grimm stuff and they treat it like it’s gospel like that’s the way it all went down. They won’t even do that for the New York Times.”

“And somehow, you know differently?” I asked.

“Believe me, I’d look into that stuff and get the real info,” he said. “A lot of these so-called kids’ stories need an adult’s oversight.”

He nonchalantly took a croissant out of a bag from the Hungry Bear Donut Factory and took a bite. He offered a croissant to me. It was a delicious buttery bribe.

“Bearstone Blackie, detective,” he said. “I represent the Bear With Us Detective Agency in El Bruno.”

“Bear With Us.”

Get it?

Huh?

Huh?

Ya get it?

If that sorta stuff tickles your fancy, you’re going love this book, a collection of whimsical short short stories featuring Blackie, occasionally aided and abetted by his Gal Friday, Beartina.

Sure, the puns can get a little grizzly, but Blackie’s heart is in the right place. And a bear may be just what the (moderately) mean streets really need.

It’s something the author, Ray Pace, a reporter in both print and radio from the Big Island of Hawaii, is counting on. As he puts it, “Bearstone may be up for a second outing or even a third, but right now there’s just so many cannoli in the world and so little time. The lad does get hungry.”

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