An illustrated bibliography of the series created by Charles Spain Verral

Welcome to the Brains Benton Anthology — a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the stories comprising the classic juvenile mystery series!

This page attempts to document every Brains Benton novel published to date, starting with the six original books penned or edited by Charles Spain Verral. In recent times, several talented fans have self-published new stories of their own, breathing new life into the enduring legacy of Brains and Jimmy. These new cases are rightfully presented here alongside the classical tales.


Original Series

Title Year Author
1. The Case of the Missing Message 1959 C. S. Verral
2. The Case of the Counterfeit Coin 1960 G. Wyatt
3. The Case of the Stolen Dummy 1961 G. Wyatt
4. The Case of the Roving Rolls 1961 G. Wyatt
5. The Case of the Waltzing Mouse 1961 G. Wyatt
6. The Case of the Painted Dragon 1961 G. Wyatt

Other Novels

Title Year Author
1. The Case of the Wounded Pigeon 2008 F. Rexroad
2. The Case of the Courier Cat 2012 S. Lockwood
3. A Scandal at Crestwood College 2012 S. Lockwood

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Charles E. Morgan, III Series

Title Year
1. The Case of the Carrier Pigeon 2008
2. The Case of the Lost Loot 2008
3. Christmas Eve in Crestwood * 2008
4. The Case of the Stolen Jewelry 2009
5. The Case of the Missing Friend 2009
6. Autumn Fires * 2011
7. The Case of the Final Message 2011
8. The Case of Forced Extortion * 2011
9. Shattered Glass * 2012
10. The Case of the Disappearing Magician 2014
11. The Adventures of Benton & Carson TBA
12. The Benton & Carson Files 2014

Unpublished Stories   • Suggested Reading Order

the original series

1. The Case of the Missing Message − Classical Junior Novel (188 pages)

Year: 1959 / Author: Charles Spain Verral / Internal Artist: Hamilton Greene /
Cover Artist: Paul Nonnast


The Kangeroos have escaped! This secret code message spells trouble for Brains Benton and Jimmy Carson and leads them down a trail that involves a circus clown, a real live performing elephant, a fortune-teller, a tight-rope walker, and a very pesky parrot. All clues seem to point toward a secret message which could bring the boys' new friend Skeets Fenton into his proper inheritance, and unmask the villains as well!


Editions: Golden Press (w/DJ) / Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Wide) / Whitman (Narrow) / Goldencraft Library Binding * / Golden Griffon Paperback / British / French / German / German (Frank Milford) / Italian / Swedish / Finnish / Norwegian & Danish

* − Cover scan appears by courtesy of Seth T. Smolinske.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Hamilton Greene / Jacques Pecnard


Note: This story originally had a working title of The Case of the Twisted Ear.

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2. The Case of the Counterfeit Coin − Classical Junior Novel (188 pages)

Year: 1960 / Author: George Wyatt / Internal Artist: Hamilton Greene


The ingenious teenage sleuths, Barclay "Brains" Benton and Jimmy "Operative Three" Carson match wits with a ring of rare-coin counterfeiters and track them to their secret hideout in the woods. The result: a swiftly-paced tale, packed with chills, chuckles, and suspense.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Hamilton Greene / Jacques Pecnard


Editions: Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Wide) / Whitman (Narrow) / Golden Griffon Paperback / French / German / German (Frank Milford) / Italian / Swedish / Finnish / Norwegian / Danish

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3. The Case of the Stolen Dummy − Classical Junior Novel (186 pages)

Year: 1961 / Author: George Wyatt / Internal Artist: Walter Dey


Young Brains Benton and his pal Jimmy Carson take on a case that has baffled the police. Five thousand dollars, collected in the community to build a summer camp for youngsters, have disappeared without a trace. Before Brains and Jimmy solve the crime, they are plunged into a whirlwind of excitement and suspense, climaxed by a wild chase in a racing car.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Walter Dey / Jacques Pecnard


Editions: Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Wide) / Whitman (Narrow) / French / Italian / Swedish / Norwegian & Danish

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4. The Case of the Roving Rolls − Classical Junior Novel (186 pages)

Year: 1961 / Author: George Wyatt / Internal Artist: Al Schmidt


When a snow-white vintage Rolls-Royce chases Jimmy Carson down the driveway of the Willoughby estate all by itself - well, as Jimmy would say, "Creeps!" But that's only the beginning: a strange hit-and-run accident, two quarts of sour cream and a missing moustache start the incomparable Brains and his partner Jimmy off on a truly international mystery as a kingdom hangs in the balance.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Al Schmidt / Jacques Pecnard


Editions: Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Narrow) / French / German / Italian / Swedish / Finnish / Norwegian & Danish

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5. The Case of the Waltzing Mouse − Classical Junior Novel (187 pages)

Year: 1961 / Author: George Wyatt / Internal Artist: Al Schmidt


Gustave von Maltzbenden's pet mouse Xenophon can waltz. This is not strange because Gustave is an animal trainer. What does seem strange to Brains Benton and Jimmy Carson is that Gustave and Xenophon have disappeared, leaving behind a trailerful of hungry animals, a fortune in bills where only a skindiver could find it, and enough clues to send the members of Benton and Carson International Detective Agency on the wildest boat ride of their young lives.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Al Schmidt / Beniamino Bodini


Editions: Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Narrow) / French / German / Italian / Swedish / Finnish / Norwegian & Danish

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6. The Case of the Painted Dragon − Classical Junior Novel (185 pages)

Year: 1961 / Author: George Wyatt / Internal Artist: Hamilton Greene


A moving statue, a suddenly empty swimming pool, a terrifying painted dragon - all clues proclaim this the most difficult and dangerous case Barclay ("Brains") Benton and Jimmy ("Operative Three") Carson have ever handled. The young detectives and their friend Mikko soon discover that the villains are the deadly variety, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.


Internal Artwork Galleries: Hamilton Greene / Beniamino Bodini


Editions: Golden Press (Picture cover) / Whitman (Narrow) / French / German / Italian / Swedish / Norwegian & Danish

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charles e. morgan, iii series

1. The Case of the Carrier Pigeon − Junior Novel (207 pages)

Year: 2008 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


While on a bicycle ride, Brains Benton (X), and his partner Jimmy Carson (Operative Three), find a wounded homing pigeon. The message that the bird was carrying is missing! The Benton and Carson International Detective Agency fly into action, and find themselves up to their eyeballs in trouble!


Internal Artwork Gallery: Shannon Stirnweis


Buy! Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Paperback Edition / eBook.


Note: This story is a sequel to Painted Dragon, and is based upon the discovery of a wounded pigeon by Brains and Jimmy at the very end of that novel.

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2. The Case of the Lost Loot − Junior Novel (213 pages)

Year: 2008 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


A millionaire's mansion was burglarized decades ago and the loot never recovered. An old deed may hold the clue to where the over quarter of a million dollars is hidden. Brains Benton (X), and his partner Jimmy Carson (Operative Three), get involved in the case, and they soon find themselves up to their necks in danger and intrigue.


Internal Artwork Gallery: Shannon Stirnweis


Buy! Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Paperback Edition / eBook.

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3. Christmas Eve in Crestwood − Junior Short Story (24 pages)

Year: 2008 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Internal Artist: Shannon Stirnweis
(Cover of unknown origin)


It's a snowy Christmas Eve in Crestwood. But Brains Benton (X), and his partner Jimmy Carson (Operative Three), think that there is something amiss at the church. It is a Brains Benton adventure that captures the spirit of Christmas.


Internal Artwork Gallery: Shannon Stirnweis


Buy! Included in the short-story anthology: The Adventures of Benton & Carson.
Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Golden Rods at Twilight / eBook.


Note: This story was also briefly available in a limited and numbered Softcover Edition, produced by printer and typographer Tim Trower in 2007.

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4. The Case of the Stolen Jewelry − Junior Novel (189 pages)

Year: 2009 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


While collecting soda pop bottles, Jimmy Carson (Operative Three) makes a startling discovery. There are stolen diamonds hidden inside a bottle! When he reports his find to Brains (X), the Benton and Carson International Detective Agency swings into high gear. Trying to find the jewel thieves leads them on a journey fraught with mystery and danger. Run-ins with a gang of juvenile delinquents lead to some hair-raising trouble!


Internal Artwork Gallery: Shannon Stirnweis


Buy! Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Paperback Edition / eBook.

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5. The Case of the Missing Friend − Adult Novella (104 pages)

Year: 2009 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: None


Two friends have been separated by the years. When Jimmy Carson returns to Crestwood for a visit, he wonders what has happened to his best friend in the world, Barclay "Brains" Benton. Ultimately, this novella tells the story of the two former childhood detectives who unite to solve a mystery that has its roots in a case that transpired over twenty years earlier.


Buy! Included in the short-story anthology: The Adventures of Benton & Carson.
Paperback Edition / eBook.

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6. Autumn Fires − Junior Short Story (33 pages)

Year: 2010 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


X and Operative Three go looking for the owner of a lost dog and wind up fighting for their lives! Join Brains and Jimmy in this short story adventure, written in the classic Brains Benton tradition!


Buy! Included in the short-story anthology: The Adventures of Benton & Carson.
Paperback Edition / Golden Rods at Twilight / eBook.


Note: At some point, this story will be briefly available in a limited and numbered softcover edition, produced by printer and typographer Tim Trower.

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7. The Case of the Final Message − Junior Novel (185 pages)

Year: 2011 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


It's the beginning of a new year and Brains Benton (X) and Jimmy Carson (Operative Three) are just trying to enjoy a quiet break from school. But on the way home from sledding, they notice a police car at a classmate's house. The simple case of breaking and entering turns into a baffling puzzle with hidden clues. The case takes the two operatives of the Benton and Carson International Detective Agency on an adventure that takes them to Washington D.C. and back. There is danger up to the eyeballs as Brains and Jimmy get into even more of a mystery than they can even dream of. Enjoy the ride as Benton and Carson solve the case as only they can!


Internal Artwork Gallery: Shannon Stirnweis


Buy! Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Paperback Edition.

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8. The Case of Forced Extortion − Adult Novella (93 pages)

Year: 2011 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: None


Brains and Jimmy are adults now and working as private investigators in the suburbs of Washington D.C. In this novella, they tangle with a master blackmailer and almost lose their lives!


Buy! Included in the short-story anthology: The Adventures of Benton & Carson.
Paperback Edition.

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9. Shattered Glass − Junior Novella (42 pages)

Year: 2011 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: None


Jimmy Carson is in his last year of elementary school. When his school is vandalized he decides to try and catch the culprit. While doing so he runs into a kid genius named "Brains" Benton. Enjoy their first adventure together in this new short story!


Buy! Included in the short-story anthology: The Adventures of Benton & Carson.
Standalone Paperback Edition.

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10. The Case of the Disappearing Magician − Junior Novel

Year: 2014 / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: Shannon Stirnweis


Mysterious explosions in the night get the Benton and Carson International Detective Agency on the job to investigate. The case leads Brains and Jimmy to the Crestwood Fair where they uncover a devious plot to get away with robbing the First National Bank.

Join Operative Three and Operative X on this thrilling ride as they match wits with a conniving magician!


Buy! Hardbound Edition with dust-jacket / Paperback Edition.

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11. The Adventures of Benton & Carson − Junior Anthology

Year: TBA / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: TBA


A Brains Benton anthology of junior short stories, including:

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12. The Benton & Carson Files − Adult Anthology

Year: TBA / Author: Charles E. Morgan, III / Artist: TBA


A Brains Benton anthology of adult short stories, including:

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other novels

1. The Case of the Wounded Pigeon − Junior Novel (194 pages)

Year: 2008 / Author: Fred Rexroad / Internal Artist: Susan Rexroad


It's Spring. It's Saturday. School is out in two weeks. Life is good. Jimmy Carson and his best friend Brains Benton are on a leisurely bike ride when they find an injured bird under a tree. The bird happens to be a carrier pigeon wounded by a shotgun. The pigeon is also carrying a mysterious coded message! The Benton and Carson International Detective Agency is back with a new case to solve.


Buy! Paperback Edition.


Note: This story builds a mystery around the events in the closing chapter of Painted Dragon.

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2. The Case of the Courier Cat − Junior Novel

Year: 2012 / Author: Scott Lockwood / Artist: Scott Dickerson


Brains and Jimmy come to the aid of their most unlikely client—their nosey housekeeper Mrs. Ray! She needs the services of Benton and Carson to help save her sister from being blackmailed. But the case soon becomes more complicated than even Brains expects as the boys find themselves mixed up with a mysterious cat, a rival detective agency, missing pearls, a haunted house and a mad scientist.

Can even the amazing genius of Brains Benton unmask the sinister mastermind behind the whole scheme? Whatever you do, don't miss this chance to find out!


Buy! Contact the author at circecat@hotmail.com

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3. A Scandal at Crestwood College − Junior Novel

Year: 2012 / Author: Scott Lockwood / Artist: Scott Dickerson


Jimmy's sister Ann is accused of stealing answer sheets and selling them to her sorority sisters. Jimmy and Brains take on one of their most cunning foes in an effort to free Ann from prison. The evidence points to the head of the soroity's ethics commmittee, but is everything what it appears to be?

Join Jimmy and Brains as they take on one of their most dangerous cases in an attempt to unveil a sinister conspiracy aimed at launching one woman's rise to a position of unnassailable power!


Buy! Contact the author at circecat@hotmail.com

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unpublished stories

These works exist in manuscript form, but are unlikely to be published in the foreseeable future:

Title Author Type
A Brains Benton Halloween Mark Coomer Junior Short Story.
The Case of the Broken Heart C. E. Morgan, III Adult Story.
Final Consequence C. E. Morgan, III Adult Story.
The Case of the Abused Soul C. E. Morgan, III Adult Story.
The Case of the Silver Scimitar Jim H. Junior Story.
The Case of the Hidden Father Bradley Cobb Junior Story.

The Case of the Devious Mastermind − Junior College-Based Novel

Year: TO BE ANNOUNCED / Author: Mark Coomer / Artist: Unknown


Formerly known as The Case of the Escaping Kangaroos, this adventure follows the exploits of Brains and Jimmy in College, where they meet the Three Investigators − Jupe, Pete and Bob − who are still juniors in high school.

Tentatively planned to have a proper release, this story is currently freely available to read in the Brains Benton Yahoo Group.


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The Case of the Sultan's Skull − Adult Novel

Year: TO BE ANNOUNCED / Author: Mark Coomer / Artist: Unknown


This feature-length story takes place in 2003, when Brains and Jimmy are in their mid-50s.

Also tentatively planned to have a proper release, this story is currently freely available to read in the Brains Benton Yahoo Group.


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For more details on any of the above stories, please contact the relevant author via the Brains Benton Yahoo Group.

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suggested reading order

This listing is included for those who wish to read the published stories in some sort of chronological order:

Title Year Author
1. The Case of the Missing Message 1959 C. S. Verral
2. The Case of the Counterfeit Coin 1960 G. Wyatt
3. The Case of the Stolen Dummy 1961 G. Wyatt
4. The Case of the Roving Rolls 1961 G. Wyatt
5. The Case of the Waltzing Mouse 1961 G. Wyatt
6. The Case of the Painted Dragon 1961 G. Wyatt
=7. The Case of the Carrier Pigeon 2008 C. E. Morgan, III
=7. The Case of the Wounded Pigeon 2008 F. Rexroad
Title Year Author
9. The Case of the Lost Loot 2008 C. E. Morgan, III
10. Christmas Eve in Crestwood 2008 C. E. Morgan, III
11. The Case of the Stolen Jewelry 2009 C. E. Morgan, III
12. Autumn Fires 2010 C. E. Morgan, III
13. The Case of the Devious Mastermind ? M. Coomer
14. The Case of the Missing Friend 2009 C. E. Morgan, III
15. The Case of the Sultan's Skull ? M. Coomer

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