Maybe in a couple of years, it’ll become the わんにゃん名探偵 club to encompass the series that took place before わんわん and にゃんやん =D
I’m going to miss 小松良佳’s artwork in this style. (All her other works are a different style, so likely she was trying to capture the essence of the art style in the earlier books in the series.)
Here’s what I’ve started doing last month for reading the detective books:
- Read the case portion. Don’t look anything up. Even if I’m completely lost, don’t look anything up.
- Ask myself: Do I have a grasp on what the case is?
- Find a section in the case where I have no idea what was going on, and look up the vocabulary and grammar necessary to understand it.
- Return to step 1.
Note that I started doing this after carefully analyzing and completely translating a different case/conclusion in the book, so I had an immediate contrast. I found that what I lost in reading comprehension (not looking up every little thing) I gained in reading speed (because I was re-reading the material a few times). As @Micki says, quantity rather than quality.
Even though I’d read the case portion a few times or more (and likewise the solution portion after), I was still taking less time than when I looked up every little thing and translated it out carefully.
This is how I plan to proceed with the detective books, at least until I come up with something better.