I’ve been invited to write a chapter for the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction, edited by Charles Rzepka and Lee Horsley. I’ll be writing on children’s crime and mystery fiction so I thought it would be appropriate to republish an essay on Emil and the Detectives. You can find it over there on the left hand side of the page under Writing. Like the Harry Potter essay also published there this piece originally appeared in a book I co-edited with Adrienne Gavin called Mystery in Children’s Literature (Palgrave, 2001). The whole book is available as an e-book here.