I read Sherlock Holmes when I was a little girl because my sisters did. One sister had a big, thick, hardback collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, and I remember listening to the two of them discussing the stories. I was very young the first time I read them and a bit scared of them, but when I read them again in my teen years I loved them! That’s why I was interested in this YA twist on the Sherlock Holmes stories.
No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe is a fun and interesting YA read. It’s about the nephew of the man that lives next door to Sherlock – the American nephew. The uncle is an inventor and the boy is an accomplished observer; they solve the mystery and save London by combining their talents. There are many references to the Sherlock Holmes stories that I enjoyed, but my 8 year old son didn’t get because he hasn’t read Holmes stories…yet. I think that the major drawback of the story is that the age it’s geared to might be a bit young to have already read the Sherlock Holmes stories and understand the significance of Moriarity. However, to those of us that like to read a YA book occasionally [Hannah I’m thinking of you] and are fond of the Baker Street detective – I highly recommend this book.
Here is the backcover copy:
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?
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first part in a flip book here. Published by Tommy Nelson. This book was sent to me through Tommy Mommies for the book tour. The words are fully my own and I did add my affiliate links in this post.