Friday, June 10, 2011

Book review: No Place Like Holmes

I just finished reading a really terrific new book called No Place Like Holmes, by Jason Lethcoe. Before I get into my review- here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:
The new resident in 221A Baker Street is about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his magnifying glass!

When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221A. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one. But when Griffin meets a woman with a case that Holmes has turned away for being too ridiculous, he and his uncle team up to help her. Along the way, Griffin shows his uncle just what it means to have true faith in God, even when the case challenges that. The woman claims that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster, but monsters aren’t real—or are they?
No Place Like Holmes is actually a young adult novel, and I am clearly not a young adult, by any stretch of the imagination. Still, I thought this book was a great read.  Although the main character, Griffin Sharpe is sometimes just a little too perfect to be believable, overall the characters are entertaining and the plot was well written, with lots of references to Sherlock Holmes mysteries.  The mystery itself is interesting, with lots of details to be figured out, and at the end there's a good bit of action and adventure.  When I finished reading the book, my first reaction was to go and find out when the next novel in this series will be released!

In addition to the main story, this book includes a question section at the back of the book, so readers can test their own powers of observation. There are also a couple of fun little mini-mysteries and a recipe for the scones that the characters frequently enjoy.

I think this book would be a wonderful one for any young adult reader- or for anyone who is looking for a good, entertaining summer read!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.