ISBN 0-14-131234-3 - Puffin Books, 2001 (reprinted) - first published 1932
Freddy the Pig, a voracious reader, models his detective work on that of his literary hero Sherlock Holmes. Success and fame bring a steady stream of clients to Bean's farm and Freddy recruits farmyard friends to help out.
"Freddy the Pig and his fellow animals...were the subject of 26 books by Walter R. Brooks, a New York advertising man and a staff writer for the New Yorker, that appeared between 1927 and Brooks's death in 1958, One of Brooks's many triumphs of tone was that his human characters were surprised, but only mildly surprised, that the animals talked. Mr. Bean, whose farm they lived on, barely said a word, so he appeared the unusual one. "