I just love good mystery book and No Place Like Holmes does not disappoint! The book follows Griffin Sharpe, a young boy from America who is sent to London to spend the summer with his Uncle. His uncle lives at 221 Baker Street – which is also the home to Sherlock Holmes. (Although Mr. Holmes lives in 221B and Griffin’s Uncle lives in 221A)
At first, Griffin’s Uncle Rupert Snodgrass is not very impressed with the fact that his nephew is with him for the summer. However, Griffin stumbles upon a case that is supposed to be for Mr. Holmes, but as he is not home at the time of the problem – the case becomes Rupert’s to solve. (He is also a detective, though much lesser known than his neighbor). It is basically Rupert’s goal in life to solve a mystery before Sherlock Holmes.
The two then go on a fantastic journey! Mrs. Dent believes that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster and those who were witness to his disappearance believe the same. Griffin and Rupert are on the case and need to figure out what really happened. As Griffin pays great attention to detail, all the descriptions in the book are incredibly detailed and make you feel like you are really there. (However I did notice what I believe to be a continuity error – Griffin knows that Rupert is his Uncle because he notes that he has the same eyes as his Mother. Later, Rupert tells the story about how his mother re-married a man who had a daughter – which was Griffin’s mother. How do they have the same eyes if they share no biological parents?)
As the book is geared towards kids – things in the book are a bit over the top, but everything keeps your attention. (I didn’t want to put the book down once I started it!) It also contains several questions at the end of the book to really make you think about what you read and would be great for a group discussion.
No Place Like Holmes will be on bookstore shelves in May!
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