this one’s a little different… it’s technically a kid’s book, but it’s a really enjoyable read… and since Sherlock Holmes is all the rage once again, it’s a pretty timely addition to the fray… off we go…

now playing: Mystery of You – RED


No Place Like Holmes By Jason Lethcoe

when i was a boy, i read a lot and i loved mysteries… some of my favorite book friends were Encyclopedia Brown, The Great Brain, and the Bobbsey Twins… as i got older, i moved on to Agatha Christie and, of course, Sherlock Holmes… so, i’ve been trying to get the littles into those types of books, but they’re a little slow on the uptake… i guess it’s just a little too much for them to pay attention to just yet… but, i took this chance, figuring it would be a reasonably safe story for them to digest and began reading it to them…

together, we’re still in the middle, but thus far they’re enjoying it… i’m excited to be reading through this suspensful tale with them and pleased knowing how it turns out… the gist is this: Griffin Sharpe is about 13 years old and he’s never quite fit in because he’s different… he’s got a photographic memory and a keenly observant disposition that lands him in trouble now and then… this summer, instead of staying home and facing the same kids who pick on him all the time, he’s headed to London to meet his uncle who may be Sherlock Holmes…

not quite, but they share an address and an occupation… Sharpe gets to know his Uncle Snodgrass, an eccentric inventor and private investigator with a pretty bad attitude… they don’t initially hit it off, but they’re united while investigating a mysterious monster spotted devouring a clockmaker at the edge of the river Thames…

some intriguing themes include the rivalry of Holmes vs. Snodgrass, machines vs. the human mind, and good vs. evil… it’s a tale of intrigue, suspense, redemption, and forgiveness… and after all that, we’re queued up for the second installment which is forthcoming… definitely a fun read and hopefully a good whetting of the appetite for some more mystery…

peace… love… bdg…