My love of procedural crime drama started early. One of my earliest exposures was through Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol. Leroy Brown and his partner/friend/bodyguard, Sally followed a series of logical clues to figure out the mystery. The logic was what really pulled me in. Everything made sense, if you just paid close enough attention.
The thing that made these books different was that you had to figure it out on your own. I’m pretty sure the solutions were written backwards and you were supposed to read them by holding them up to a mirror. But I can’t find this information listed anywhere to confirm my childhood certainty.
I can read things upside down and backwards like a friggin pro. I credit this to Encyclopedia Brown. It’s come in handy in more meetings than I can count.