Back in the 1980s, there was a very good used bookstore on King Street in Kitchener , a store whose name I have forgotten but whose proprietor had an uncanny skill for pointing me at mystery series she thought I would like … and buy. Janwillem van de Wetering’s Grijpstra and de Gier series was one of her recommendations. While I had read a number of police procedural series, I had never read anything like this one.
Although 1978’s The Blond Baboon is six novels (and three years) into the fourteen novel (and twenty-two years) series , I picked it for review because it had the unique property of being at the top of a stack of books, not trapped down where the stack would collapse if I removed it. I’ve often used this selection method and I stand by it, as do various stacks of books.