Thursday, March 20, 2014
Review: Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin
So, I admit it. I’ve joined the Sherlock fandom. I’ve always loved mystery and the original Sherlock Holmes, but BBC’s version has be suckered. So when this was pitched as Sherlock Holmes-type book, boom. Sold. However, this isn’t a straight up retelling like the BBC is doing. There are many Sherlockian references, but with a title like Knightley & Son, you know it’s not gonna be exact.
My favorite aspect of this book was the main mystery. Honestly, the idea of a book making people commit crime? Okay, color me interested. Understanding the main mystery was the sole reason that I didn’t want to put the book down for any great length of time. And I felt that the mystery behind it was in true Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fashion -- seemingly paranormal circumstances with a total reality-based explanation in the end. I don’t really think that spoils much.
I also liked Darkus (our Sherlock - more or less) and his no-nonsense approach to everything. I know this is a Middle Grade novel and parents are generally) seen, but I kind of wish we’d seen less of Knightley and Uncle Bill and more of Tilly and her Watson-like partnering. If there is a sequel and there’s more Darkus and Tilly partnering, I would be totally game for that!
At my lovely children’s bookselling job, I get asked a million times a day for mystery and have always lamented about the lack of straight-up Agatha Christie-like mystery for the Middle Grade reader and am so excited that Bloomsbury has finally given the genre something I can recommend!
-Reviewed by Jennifer