Casey Lyall's middle-grade detective series to be adapted for TV by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films

Howard Wallace, PI is being turned into a half-hour comedy series based on the southwestern Ontario writer's book.
Howard Wallace, P.I. is a middle-grade novel by Casey Lyall. (Sterling Children's Books, Submitted by Casey Lyall)

Southwestern Ontario writer Casey Lyall's middle-grade detective book, Howard Wallace, PI, is being developed into a half-hour comedy series by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films, The Mother Company and Entertainment One.

The book is the first in a series about a friendless 12-year-old boy named Howard Wallace who wears a bathrobe as a trench coat. He's hired to take on a blackmailing case and the school's new girl, Ivy Mason, persuades him to let her tag along for the investigation.

The other two books in the series are Shadow of a Pug and Sabotage Stage Left.

Lyall said she's "thrilled" that the story has been picked up by the three production companies.

"Howard's number one rule is 'work with what you've got' and I couldn't have dreamed of a better team to work with. I'm beyond excited to dive into this next big adventure," said Lyall in an email to CBC Books.

Lyall is also the author of a picture book called Inky's Great Escape, which is about an octopus's escape from his aquarium tank. It was illustrated by Sebastià Serra.


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