Howard Wallace, P.I. (Howard Wallace, P.I., Book 1)

By Casey Lyall (Author)


Format Paperback


Howard Wallace, P.I. (Howard Wallace, P.I., Book 1)

by Casey Lyall
“…Lyall’s debut is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly

“What’s with the get-up? Is that the company uniform or something?”
“This? All P.I.s wear a trench coat.”
“Dude, that’s a brown bathrobe.”
I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves. “First rule of private investigation, Ivy: work with what you’ve got.”

Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else—least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to solve it himself . . . until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their suspects, Howard begins to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all.

Named a Book Riot middle-grade book for the summer with special recommendation for reluctant readers!
Nominated for the 2018 Red Cedar Book Award!
 *“. . . an absolute delight . . . Banter between Howard and Ivy is snappy . . . a solidly entertaining introduction to hard-boiled detectives.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (STARRED REVIEW)

 “Strong writing, relatable themes, and a solid mystery combine for a read that both boys and girls will have trouble putting down.” —School Library Journal

“Lyall neatly juggles several plotlines . . . Give this to fans of Encyclopedia Brown who are looking for longer (and funnier!) well-plotted mysteries.” —Booklist

“Lyall’s debut is a winner.”  —Publishers Weekly

 “. . . Enough realistic kid detecting to keep young PIs turning pages. . . . the mystery is engaging . . .  Likely to see sequels; Howard and Ivy deserve them.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Full of surprises and humor, Howard Wallace, P.I. will delight any lover of detective stories.”  —Sheila Grau, author of the Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions series

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Casey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle-grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of movies and television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat. You can find her on Twitter as @CKLyall and at

Pub Date: 8/8/2017

ISBN: 9781454926047

Price: $6.95 / $8.50 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288 pages

Trim: 5.12 x 7.62 x 0 Inches

Territories: WENG

Category: Juvenile / Middle Grade Fiction

Age Range: 8 to 12

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Series: Howard Wallace, P.I.