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?



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."



Some Beantown eyes...

Reespectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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