"Encyclopedia Brown" author Donald Sobol, 87, dies

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald J. Sobol, best known for his popular “Encyclopedia Brown” detective series of children’s books, has died. He was 87. Sobol, the author of dozens of fiction and nonfiction books but was mostly celebrated for his engaging mystery books, died last week in South Miami, Florida, publisher Penguin said in a statement on Monday. He died of natural causes after a brief illness. …