By Jason Lethcoe
Published by Thomas Nelson
When the young Griffin Sharpe arrives from America to visit his uncle in London, he is in for an adventurous summer. Griffin quickly learns two things that will determine the course of his next three months. First, his grumpy uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, lives next door to the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Second, that Rupert, a mediocre detective himself, holds a life goal to beat his renowned neighbor to solving at least one case.
As the events of the summer unfold, Griffin, an intelligently observant young man, and Rupert, a stogy but talented inventor, eventually begin to appreciate one another. Griffin’s faith in God is the foundation for his kindness toward his uncle, as well as his tolerance of his uncle’s harsh attitude.
No Place Like Holmes is a detective novel written for a young audience, specifically aimed at ages 9-12. Lethcoe does an excellent job with an intriguing plot and a clean, entertaining storyline. Young readers and adults alike will enjoy reading this book, but it is especially geared for boys. I found this book a refreshing read. It took me back to my Jr. High school days of reading Trixie Belden mysteries. I would highly recommend this book as a great summer read.
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