Andy Blair & Willie Perkins

Created by Lee Sheridan Cox (1916-2013)

WILLIE PERKINS and ANDY BLAIR have their own detective agency, which shouldn't be a big deal, except that they're both in the seventh grade. Afolksy riff on boy detectives, owing as much to Mark Twain as The Hardy Boys, these stories appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and other magazines in the fifties.

Professor Lee Sheridan Cox, a specialist in Shakespeare, Milton, and seventeenth century poetry, was one of the first female full professors at The Ohio State University. She was particularly proud, though, of her Andy and Willie stories, and the well-received collection, Andy & Willie: Super Sleuths, that was published by Scribners in 1967, Kirkus Reviews praised the author's ability to "get inside boys" and for her "hilarious spoof of Politics " in a story built around the campaign for class president, while the Montreal Gazette suggested that while the publishers suggested that the book was for "nine years and up" that the "up goes quite far. Entertaining for young and more so for their parents."


  • "A Simple Incident; or, Andy Blair and Willie Perkins, Private Eyes; or, Our First Case" (June 1955, EQMM)
  • "The Male Io Glasses; or, The Truth About Ronald; or, The Second Case of Blair and Perkins, Boy Sleuths" (March 1959)
  • "The Great Halloween Mystery: or, Blair & Perkins' Fifth Big Case" (November 1963)



Get 'em while they're young. A suggested reading list.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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