Brains Benton

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Written in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Brains Benton Mysteries chronicle the adventures of young teenagers Barclay "Brains" Benton (X) and his friend James "Jimmy" Carson (Operative Three); they together form the "Benton and Carson International Detective Agency." The Brains Benton books are similar in tone to The Mad Scientists' Club books.

The series was originally published by the Golden Press, with reprints being done in the same format by Whitman Books, both imprints of Western Publishing. All six titles appeared in hardback with only two volumes being reprinted in paperback.


  1. The Case of the Missing Message (1959). When Jimmy braves the spooky old Madden place, he spots a boy in hiding. Thinking he's kidnapped, he and Brains sneak in and foil a real kidnapper, while rescue arrives atop a stampeding elephant!
  2. The Case of the Counterfeit Coin (1960). When Jimmy receives an "ancient" Greek coin on his paper route, he and Brains are stalked by mysterious strangers out to steal it back and a feisty girl with a mean left hook!
  3. The Case of the Stolen Dummy (1961). When the boys venture to creepy Boiling Lake, they spot a submerged car - with a body inside - and end up chasing crooks on a wild midnight ride in a hot rod!
  4. The Case of the Roving Rolls (1961). When the boys meet a Rolls Royce on the run and a real prince with a problem, they finally use the "international" in "Benton and Carson International Detective Agency"!
  5. The Case of the Waltzing Mouse (1961). When the boys help an old man with a traveling animal act, they end up scuba diving for "treasure" and barely survive a boat chase in the "Battle of Lake Carmine"!
  6. The Case of the Painted Dragon (1961). When the boys meet a new classmate, an orphaned Japanese boy with a Sumo bodyguard, they're pitched into a search for missing pearls and a conspiracy of dangerous thugs.

The books were written by Charles Spain Verral. However, after book #1, all of the remaining books had the pen name of George Wyatt as author. Verral had turned over the writing to another author but was not pleased with the results; he then took the outlines of each book and rewrote them.[1]


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