Bad Machinery Vol. III: The Case of the Simple Soul by John Allison sees the return of the teenage Tackleford gang as they try to solve an arson case (available December 10, 2014).
I greet the publication of every new Bad Machinery collection with a thrill and a silent cheer. No group of sleuthing teens has ever charmed me as much as John Allison’s rival gangs in Tackleford, England have. Alas for our intrepid investigators though, summer term at the start of this third volume finds both groups seriously short-handed, as their respective leaders, Shauna and Jack, have finally made their romantic relationship public. As a result, Shauna and Jack have started spending more time with each other than with their friends, leading to considerable unhappiness in those left behind. In particular, Shauna’s best friend, Charlotte, takes it hard, as she and the other member of the girl’s sleuthing group hang out together:
Mildred: Where is Shauna today?
Charlotte: You know... she's gotta lot on... swimming club... she's... SHE'S BUSY BEING IN LOVE. We had a lot of plans for what we were going to do, too.
Mildred: Don't let love ruin your summer! She'll get bored of kissing, eventually your lips must get worn out.
Charlotte: No. From what I've seen, BLORG, they take breaks to do some intense staring at each other.
Mildred: I'm pretty sure your eyeballs can dry out doing that.