The Story

Reginald P. Lizard and The Case of the Missing Gemstone

Our five friends set sail to St. Marie Island to help Lizard Detective English Harry (Reginald P. Lizard's half-brother) find a stolen gemstone with wish fulfilling powers—and all indications point underground.

Hear the story of how the wind helped a bird who could separate milk from water, and discover how the race between a coyote and a cloud determined why we have storms in winter-time.

Join Reginald P. Lizard (Just so), Lady Horse (Yes, yes, yes, YES!), Ellington Owl (Hoo!), Bootsy Bat (Muffin Crunch!), and Thelonious Melon (Oh dear, oh dear) for adventure, exotic coffee, puzzles, games, dreams, and songs as they seek the missing gemstone!

Always remember, and never forget, in a story with a talking melon, all things are possible.

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Author's Notes

This fourth book (BOOK 4) of the series was written only one year following BOOK 3. I had left a teaser in BOOK 3 claiming that this book was coming. The release of this book corresponded with my sister's birthday. She is my biggest fan.

This length of BOOK 4 far exceeded previous books. It almost became unwieldy since I write, edit, and re-edit myself.

For this book, I outsourced the cover art. The woman who did the work captured the dream scene pretty well, but in the end, I didn't like the shrunken head of Lady Horse inside the helmet, so I changed the helmet to be a dark faceplate. One might say that I made her look "through a glass, darkly."

I worried about having too many chapters at sea. After all, BOOK 2 was mostly at sea. However, my sister pointed out that the S.S. Eager Horse is a knowable fixture in the series. Just so.

The stories-within-a-story portion of the book was reminiscent of Lone Fly McQuade from the previous book. I enjoyed the departure followed by a tie-in to existing stories. There are three stories within this story. There are also some fun dream sequences.

If you think you detected some Zen references, you did; however, the coat of the infinite cookie dates back to my college days.

BOOK 4 has some of the same characters from previous books. While The Crabs and The Mackerels aren't lead characters, it was fun to bring them back. I hope this makes the books seem more homey. You don't have to read these books in order, but it couldn't hurt; otherwise, you won't understand some of the obscure references, e.g. driftwood fish.

The World of R.P.L.!Reginald P. Lizard (R.P.L.)

Fun, Friendship, and Adventure!

Welcome to a world where improbable things are possible, the wind plays an active role (you know how the wind can get), and you might just learn a thing or two.

This book series was written at a middle school level. These kid-safe adventure fantasies host unusual friends, odd circumstances, and a great deal of humor.

The lead character is none other than Reginald P. Lizard, an intelligent lizard of few words. His best friend is a proper, elegant horse named Lady Horse with a positive demeanor. Ellington Owl is a lovable, cuddly, yet uncoordinated owl. Finally, you have Bootsy Bat and Thelonious Melon (Yes, a melon!) who crack jokes and play games on each other.

These five charming friends get into light, non-threatening, and fun adventures. You will be entertained by songs, jokes, games, puzzles, manners, and interesting facts, too! The world of Reginald P. Lizard (and his friends) is waiting for you. Yes, yes, yes, YES!

Join our five friends on their first adventure!

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The Cast

Image Character Favorite Drink Favorite Saying About
Reginald P. Lizard Coffee Just so. A lizard of few words. Loves to eat flies!
Lady Horse Coffee Yes, yes, yes, YES! A positive, proper, regal, and ladylike horse. She often wears a tiara.
Ellington Owl Coffee Hoo! Round, soft, and huggable. Although he flies, he doesn't land well.
Thelonious Melon Coffee Oh dear, oh dear An anxious melon who talks, rolls around, and cracks jokes. He's sometimes a rascal.
Bootsy Bat Coffee Muffin Crunch! A brown bat who likes to get to the bottom of things.

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