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The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card: A Jarvis Mann Detective Short Story by R. Weir

The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card, Jarvis Mann, R. Weir, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy from Smashwords.
Genre: Mystery, Private Investigators, Short Story
Format: eBook
Publication Date: April 3, 2014

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Jarvis Mann was a Private Detective, whose business thrived on the mundane, paying the bills following cheating spouses, getting in the middle of messy divorces and working for the Fat Cat Insurance companies running down false insurance claims. But one day on his office steps a young man coaxing with the simple word “Please” convinces him to help on a Winter’s Sunday afternoon to find a missing valuable Ernie Banks Rookie Bubble Gum Card. With a dry sense of humor he drives the Denver streets from door to door, friend to friend, until a clue leads to a surprising discovery, a young man’s personal pain and his friends selfish act, teach Jarvis a life lesson that will shape him with new hope and resolve.


When a young man offers Jarvis Mann, private detective, to help him track down his missing Ernie Banks rookie baseball card worth over a grand, Jarvis decides that he has nothing better to do and takes the case. Expecting to find it laying on the ground somewhere, or discover that one of the young man's friends picked it up, Jarvis helps the young man retrace his steps. What they discover at the end of their investigation tests a friendship and reveal what kind of person the young man is.

Filled with dry humor and wit, this wonderful short story is a great introduction to the Jarvis Mann Detective Series. Given the length of the book, the character creation and setting were good; readers get a feel for who Jarvis Mann is and the type of cases he is used to working. The moral of the story was a bit unexpected but still rang true without being preachy.

Based on what I have read, I am definitely looking forward to reading the full-length novels in the series!

About R. Weir

R. Weir, Author of The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card: A Jarvis Mann Detective Short Story, On My Kindle Book Reviews
R. Weir, Author. Courtesy of
R Weir is an IT Professional by day and Author by night, living in beautiful Colorado with his wife, daughter and dog, Emma. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, he relaxes by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in his motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes him. His Jarvis Mann Detective stories have spent time on several Amazon Bestseller lists, with more cases on the horizon. His oddball sense of humor is much like his main character, but he is not nearly as tough and fearless as Jarvis is. Though no evil stands a chance against his written word!
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