Dance and Co. Detectives


Mike and Jim roar off in pursuit of a stolen car
George Lane's dramatic cover illustration for the first book

Since their parents died Jim Dance and his older brother Mike have lived with their uncle and aunt, first in Nottingham, but after the war they moved to London.
They live in a block of flats near Victoria. Two floors below them Jim's friend 'Birdie' lives.
Jim has great plans for solving crimes and the three boys join together to solve a spate of local robberies.

Enter the police . . 'Detective Sergeant Emmanual Gribbon gazed at Detective-Constable Frank Fawcett with a look of near loathing. There were times when Frank Fawcett made him feel like that. . .'
The irrepressible but infuriating contable Fawcett and his boss - by no means patient, but a real 'copper' - 'Manny Gibbon' are, despite their threats and warnings and disapproval, helped by the amateur sleuths in the solving of the mystery.
The scene is London - and so surely recounted that the action can be followed easily in a street map from the Victoria area, across the river and into the streets of South London, and off to the south . . .

And that's just the first story. There are another nine to follow. I have them all, but I'm saving them up to read slowly and enjoy - as there are only nine.
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The first four all came out in 1958 with lovely covers by George Lane.
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Numbers 5 and 6 appeared in 1960. The artist D G Valentine took over for the next two in '61 and '62.
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1963 and '64 saw the last two - now illustrated by Antony Maitland.

I am thoroughly enjoying them - go out and get a copy - and a street map of London . . .


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Illustrations copyright the respective Publishers
Text copyright John Allsup and Mike McGarry
created September 2011
Last updated 9th May 2012