Birmingham native pens new detective series for children
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 18, 2012 | 1856 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steve Pridmore hopes the heroine of his upcoming series of children’s books will be the Nancy Drew for a new generation.

Pridmore was inspired to write “Reese Madison P.I.,” educational mysteries for ages 4 to 8, after spending some time with his nieces and nephews at Thanksgiving.

“I saw them playing in the kitchen and thought it would be a great story to build on,” said Pridmore, who worked extensively in theater and television before becoming an author.

The first installment of the series, “Case of the Missing E,” was released earlier this month.

The plot has 8-year-old private eye Reese Madison and her sidekick, Braden, looking for letters that are going missing in their town.

Pridmore said he chose clues that will help young readers learn as they help Reese solve each mystery.

“Case of the Missing E,” for example, focuses on vowels and language while the next book will focus on shapes, colors and basic math.

Pridmore said he wants his books to have a positive message to counteract the negative media that they encounter each day.

He added that he also felt the need to provide young girls an intelligent, ambitious character to emulate.

“I flipped the traditional gender roles by making the male character the sidekick. Braden is more timid, scared and always trying to talk Reese out of taking chances,” Pridmore said.

“Reese Madison P.I.” is currently available at Amazon and will soon be in major bookstores such as Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million.

Autographed copies of the book and a Reese Madison clothing line are also available at

One of the T-shirts is pink and bears the message “Clues for a Cure.”

Pridmore said proceeds will benefit breast cancer research, a cause that is close to his heart because his mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Another installment of the Reese Madison series will be released this spring with more titles in the works.

“Right now I’m planning on doing 10. My goal is to release one every few months over the next two to three years,” Pridmore said.