“Think Treasure Island’s Jim Hawkins and Encyclopedia Brown rolled into one adventurous, ingenious, God-fearing lad, and you get the idea. Fun, suspenseful, and unpredictable, the No Place Like Holmes books are fantastic reads, and author Jason Lethcoe is a fine craftsman of words to boot. I highly recommend this series.” —Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th Tribe
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?
“The No Place Like Holmes books will capture you on first page and not let you go until the final fascinating twist and turn. Jason Lethcoe is an excellent writer with the ability to craft a story that entertains all readers (adults are welcome to take a peek!).” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series
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About the Author
Jason Lethcoe has worked as a director, animator, and storyboard artist for the past 22 years. He is currently employed at Sony Pictures Animation. His work has been included in such features as The Little Mermaid and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He is the recipient of several awards including the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration - Paperback Book for his most recent series,The Mysterious Mr. Spines.
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NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES
By JASON LETHCOE
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Jason Lethcoe
All right reserved.
Chapter OneA SHARPE BOY
Griffin Sharpe noticed everything.
When people spoke, he noticed the color of their teeth. He also counted the number of frayed threads on men's shirtsleeves or the number of feathers on a lady's hat. And he didn't just notice that they were there. He also carefully noted the color and the type of bird that had supplied each one.
He memorized entire sections of the Bible, Webster's Dictionary, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, and could recall any part of them when he needed to. Everything he saw was photographed with his mind's eye and stored for use at a later date. In other words, Griffin Sharpe was one of those rare individuals whom people refer to as a "genius."
But even though he was incredibly smart, Griffin was a humble boy. His father, who was a Methodist minister, had taught him that the sin of pride was the basis of many others. And Griffin did his best to resist the temptation to correct others when they were wrong. He'd found out quickly that being right all the time didn't help him make friends.
In fact, one of the main reasons Griffin had traveled all the way to London from Boston was because he hadn't been invited to spend the summer at a local camp with his schoolmates. The other children hated him for being the teacher's pet. Answers to questions seemed to pop into his head before the schoolmaster had even finished asking them, and it was hard for Griffin to contain his excitement when he saw the solution to a problem. That never went over well with his classmates.
Griffin had the bruises to prove it.
He gazed around the tiny train compartment in which he now sat, his sad, blue eyes taking in all the details. He was alone; the other three seats in his compartment had been empty for several stops. Griffin had just finished counting the number of tassels on one of the velvet window curtains when the brass-trimmed door slid open and a friendly man's face appeared.
Griffin reached into his coat pocket and removed his ticket. As he handed it to the conductor, he noticed that the man wore round brass glasses that were called Pince-nez, that one side of his handlebar moustache was waxed and curled more tightly than the other, that he had a spot of Dijon mustard on the left side of his jacket's lapel (probably from his lunch), and, most strangely of all, that the edges of his shirt cuffs had dirty, gray marks around their edges.
All of these things Griffin noticed in the split second before the conductor had torn his ticket. Everything about the man was acceptable and ordinary in Griffin's opinion, but the man's soot-stained shirt cuffs gave him pause. Then, as the man handed back his half of the ticket, Griffin quickly deduced an explanation.
"Oh ... excuse me, but has the train been shorthanded today?" Griffin asked politely.
The conductor hesitated, appearing confused. "Excuse me?"
Griffin smiled and indicated the man's sleeves. "I don't mean to be rude, sir. I was just curious since I happened to notice the soot marks on the edges of your cuffs. I assumed that perhaps you might be helping with the fireman's duties, shoveling coal into the engine's firebox. The coal dust on your sleeves indicates that you probably weren't wearing gloves."
The conductor gave Griffin a long searching look and then burst out laughing. "My word, young man! You're a regular Sherlock Holmes!"
Now it was Griffin's turn to be confused. "I'm sorry, but I don't know who Sherlock Holmes is," he said.
In response, the conductor reached into his back pocket and pulled out a rolled-up pulp magazine. Handing it to Griffin, he said, "Mr. Holmes is the greatest detective in the world. Everybody in London reads about his adventures in the Strand Magazine. My wife can't get enough of them ... waits in line every Tuesday to get the next installment."
Griffin flipped through the beautifully illustrated magazine quickly. One of the pictures caught his eye almost immediately. It showed the famous detective standing in front of a modest brick building.
The address was 221 Baker Street.
Griffin gasped with surprise. He glanced up at the friendly conductor and said eagerly, "But that is precisely the address to which I'm heading. I'm going to visit my uncle!"
The conductor studied him with a curious expression. Then with a chuckle, he said, "Well, as I live and breathe. Wait until I tell my wife that I met the nephew of Sherlock Holmes. She'll be so excited that she might faint right there on the spot."
Then, after giving him a friendly wink, the man ducked back out of Griffin's compartment. The boy sat staring at the magazine, overcome with excitement. He'd never met his uncle before, but his mother had always referred to him as Snoops, a nickname she'd used since they were children. He'd never heard her say his real name, so Griffin had to call him Uncle. After all, calling a relative he'd never met Uncle Snoops seemed a little strange.
Could it be possible that his uncle was the same great detective that the conductor had mentioned? He knew that his uncle and his mother were half brother and sister, so it was possible they had different last names. He studied the picture of Sherlock Holmes, noting his tall, lean frame and angular profile. If he squinted at the picture, he thought the man did resemble his mother's side of the family a little.
Filled with anticipation, Griffin settled back into his seat and began to read. And the more he read about Sherlock Holmes, the more excited he became. For here was someone with a mind not unlike his own, someone who observed even the smallest details and was helping people with his talent.
For so long Griffin had prayed that God would give him an opportunity to use his talent for good, and that he could find a friend as well. He'd asked Him to help him find somebody who wouldn't make fun of him and call him names for being smart.
And finally, after a very long time of asking, he'd received an answer to his prayer.
Chapter TwoTHE CONSULTING DETECTIVE
But you don't look anything like Sherlock Holmes!" the woman exclaimed, waving her copy of the Strand in his face. The scruffy man stared back at her with an annoyed expression. After a moment he sighed and rubbed a tired hand across his forehead.
"No, madam," he replied, forcing a smile. "I never claimed anything of the sort."
She was right, of course. The man knew exactly what Mr. Holmes looked like, and he didn't resemble him in the slightest. Rupert Snodgrass had seen Holmes's arrogant, hawkish profile and his triumphant smirk too many times to count. The mere thought of the detective sickened him.
"Mr. Holmes lives next door. You're at 221A Baker Street. You'll find him at B just over there." He indicated the door next to his that led to the upstairs apartment.
As the woman turned to leave, the man couldn't help introducing himself. "Forgive me, madam. But my name is Rupert Snodgrass, and, as unlikely as it may seem, I'm also a consulting detective."
He smiled wide, displaying all of his teeth with the hope that he could entice her to stay. Since she hesitated, he pressed on. "Actually, you'll find my rates just as reasonable as his, if not more so." Mr. Snodgrass winked, hoping that being friendly would make her feel that he was making a special exception just for her.
The fact was he desperately needed some business. He had been living on a small tin of stale biscuits for over a week and was dangerously close to being kicked out of his flat. This might not have been such a bad thing, considering that he happened to live next door to the world's most famous detective and had competing businesses. But he was determined to stay and not allow his neighbor to destroy his dreams of becoming England's most famous detective himself.
Rupert Snodgrass was not going to take defeat that easily.
If the woman heard his offer, she didn't show it. She whirled from where she stood and without a second glance backward was at his neighbor's stoop. Seconds later she was being ushered into Mr. Holmes's apartment by Dr. Watson.
Snodgrass scowled. After slamming the door shut, he stomped back into his study. The cup of tea that had been prepared from old tea leaves was cold. Disgusted, he dumped the murky liquid on top of one of his numerous wilted houseplants and went down the hall to his bedroom.
He cleaned his teeth while gazing into a small, cracked mirror. The man with a receding hairline, red-rimmed eyes, and an unshaven beard who looked back at him seemed defeated. Then, with a depressed sigh, he toweled off his face and climbed into bed.
As he lay there, staring at the ceiling, he realized an important truth: people with elegant surnames like Sherlock and impressive features to match inspired confidence in their clients. Since when, he wondered, had a "Rupert Snodgrass" ever amounted to anything but a fishmonger or a tailor? He didn't look the part of a great detective, and he knew it.
His head ached, fueled by anxiety over his unpaid rent, his lack of success as an investigator, and indigestion from moldy biscuits. Snodgrass felt sure that if he could just solve one case before Sherlock Holmes, his entire life would turn around. He lived with the hope that one day it would be him staring back with a triumphant grin on his face as the newspaper reporters took down the story of how he solved the mystery before his neighbor did.
Oh, what sweet revenge!
While on the last case, the one with the cursed dog that haunted the Baskerville moor, he'd nearly done it. But, like most things in life, coming in second place just wasn't good enough.
The delicate strains of a violin playing a perfect Mozart concerto filtered down from the apartment above. He could imagine his neighbor's long fingers caressing the strings, creating music that was beautiful and pure. There seemed to be no end to Holmes's maddening talents. Rupert Snodgrass grabbed the broom from the corner and pounded on the ceiling as hard as he could, shouting for quiet.
But Sherlock Holmes didn't stop playing.
Chapter ThreeTHE ARRIVAL
The following morning Snodgrass was awakened by a sharp, insistent rapping at his door. He flung back the sheets with a bearlike growl and, after grabbing his dressing gown, stomped to the door. Seizing the handle he yanked it open, expecting, for some irrational reason, to see Sherlock Holmes standing there.
But it wasn't Holmes. Instead, a boy of perhaps twelve stood on the steps. The child was shabbily dressed and had a mop of shaggy blond hair and the saddest blue eyes Rupert had ever seen. They stared up at him with an anxious expression.
"Uncle Holmes?" the boy asked.
Rupert Snodgrass glared down at him, unable to process the question. His sleep-addled brain couldn't imagine who the boy was or what he was doing on his doorstep. "Uncle?" Did the boy say, "Holmes"? Well, he certainly wanted nothing to do with any children, especially a child related to Sherlock Holmes.
Without a word, Snodgrass slammed the door shut and wandered back to bed. But his head had barely touched the pillow when the knocking began once more. Whoever this rascal was, Snodgrass thought, he evidently had no idea of the danger he was putting himself in.
This time Rupert Snodgrass practically tore the door from its hinges.
"What?" he demanded. He was furious.
"My name is Griffin Sharpe. I'm looking for my uncle, Sherlock Holmes. I thought he lived at this address."
"You're wrong. He lives next door."
Griffin stared at the man, looking confused. "Then this isn't 221 Baker Street?"
"It is. But Sherlock Holmes lives at B, and I live at A. He is upstairs, and if you're looking for him, then you've come to the wrong place. Stop bothering me."
* * *
Griffin was about to turn away when something caught his attention. It was the distinctive color of the man's eyes. They weren't quite blue and not quite green, and their size and shape reminded him of someone else's, someone he knew very well ...
Griffin's heart sank as his eyes darted over the man, taking in the tiniest details. Now that he looked, he could see several family resemblances. In addition to the eyes, his uncle's hands, his jawline, and the color of his hair told him everything he needed to know. It was hard to accept, but the visual evidence suggested that this horrible man was his uncle!
Griffin stared up at the slovenly figure in the doorway and frowned. The man looked like he hadn't slept in weeks, and Griffin was pretty certain the smell of cheese that wafted toward him wasn't cheddar. But there was one last question he needed to ask to be sure. He hoped that somehow, his observations had been wrong.
"Um ... sir, can I ask one other question? Does the name 'Snoops' mean anything to you?"
"W-what? Snoops? Where did you hear that?" Snodgrass blustered. "Who told you that name?"
"Never mind," the boy said meekly. His eyes hadn't deceived him. The great Sherlock Holmes was not his uncle after all.
"I, er, see that your real name is Robert Snodgrass. I'm sorry; I should have noticed it sooner," Griffin said.
Snodgrass looked startled and then annoyed. After a moment, he said, "What, is that some kind of magic trick? How did you figure that out?"
"I simply noticed the initial R monogrammed on your dressing gown pocket. Robert is the most popular name that begins with that letter. And when I glimpsed the Snodgrass coat of arms hanging in your parlor, I figured that it must be your last name."
* * *
Observant. Snodgrass realized that the boy had determined all of this after his having had the door open for only a few moments. But he was tired and hungry, and he wasn't in the mood to be lectured in the fine art of observation by some arrogant child.
"Well, you're wrong. My name's Rupert, not Robert. And just who do you think you are, boy? I don't have time to stand here arguing with you. I'm a very busy man!" he said.
A look of regret flickered across the boy's face. "I-I'm sorry. I assumed that I wouldn't be an intrusion, being that we're family."
"Family?" Rupert Snodgrass barked. He gave the boy a ferocious stare. "I don't have any family. I thought you said Holmes was your family."
In answer, the boy reached into his pocket and removed a small envelope. Snodgrass snatched it from his outstretched hand.
The detective's eyes darted over the paper, taking in the contents. It was from the same address as a letter he'd received weeks earlier. He hadn't bothered to open the first letter, because he had mistakenly assumed it was from a bill collector.
Rupert tore open the envelope and found that it contained some money and a note from his sister who lived in America. After a moment he realized, to his horror, that the letter's intention was to introduce him to his nephew. His sister had sent the boy to stay with him for the entire summer because she said it "would be a valuable cultural and character-building experience for Griffin to learn about my homeland."
Character building experience? Obviously his sister, whom he hadn't spoken to in years, had underestimated her brother's aversion to children. As far as Rupert Snodgrass was concerned, he would rather forget that he had ever been a child himself.
As if reading his uncle's mind, Griffin Sharpe turned and gave his uncle an awkward smile.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know you, Uncle," the boy said quietly. And then, indicating his suitcase, he added, "I hope I won't be a bother."
Chapter FourA BAD START
So now, after traveling thousands of miles to London and being shown to a very shabby room that smelled of mothballs and mildew, Griffin felt a surge of regret. He realized that by blurting out the connection between the initial on his uncle's dressing gown and the painting of the Snodgrass coat of arms in the hallway, he must have made his uncle feel stupid. Like so many times before, he'd said his thoughts as soon as they'd popped into his head. And it didn't take a genius to notice that the minute he'd mentioned it, his uncle had thought him annoying and rude.
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Table of Contents
ContentsAbout the World's Most Secret Detective....................ix
1: A Sharpe Boy....................5
2: The Consulting Detective....................9
3: The Arrival....................13
4: A Bad Start....................19
5: The Snodgrass Rules....................23
7: The Woman, the Clock, and the Monster....................35
8: The Watcher....................43
9: An Uneasy Alliance....................47
10: The Angler's Club....................55
11: The Scene of the Crime....................63
12: The Professor....................71
13: Tea and Scones....................75
14: The Plan....................81
15: The Limehouse Docks....................87
16: The Plot Thickens....................95
17: Jackson Reports....................101
19: What Lies Beneath....................111
20: The Secret Lair....................115
21: Mr. Frederick Dent....................119
25: The Chase....................141
26: The Clock Tower....................147
29: Going Home....................175
How Sharpe Are You?....................181
The Composer's Will: A Griffin Sharpe Mini-Mystery....................187
The Case of the Texas Sharpshooter: A Griffin Sharpe Mini-Mystery....................191
Answers to Griffin Sharpe Mini-Mysteries....................195
Mrs. Tottingham 's Delicious Scone Recipe....................197
Excerpt from The Future Door....................201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very good book. one of the better reads I enjoyed
Book Sneeze: There's No Place Like Holmes No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe. This complimentary book was provided by Book Sneeze. Being a teacher I am always on the hunt for a good children's book. My tweens are getting to the age where finding "quality" books is a bit harder. Many contemporary tween books for girls are geared toward finding the perfect boyfriend or the drama of "best" friends. It was nice to see a faith based mystery with a young gentleman as the main character. I enjoyed previewing this book. It is written for about 11-14 year olds. One of my tween twins is very much into mysteries, which was another reason I chose to preview this type of book. She has been bugging me to let her read it since I got it. The book is about a young gentleman who is sent to live with his uncle in London for the summer. The "uncle" lives next door to the famous Sherlock Holmes. He is a private investigator/inventor that wants more than anything to solve a case before Sherlock Holmes. Griffin Sharpe is a young, polite, very observant boy who is bullied by his classmates in Boston. Griffin genius mind has not helped him make friends at school. However, upon arriving in London, Griffin learns that his Uncle Snodgrass was not expecting company. After a bit Uncle Snodgrass and Griffin warm up to each other and set about to solve a London mystery and take down the greatest villain in history. If you pay attention to the details of the story you can put it all together before the end of the book. I especially enjoyed how the story had an open ended ending. There is plenty of room for Griffin and his uncle to solve many more mysteries. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries.
No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe is a gem. They don't write stories like this anymore. The YA genre is infested with vampires cults and creepy stuff, and so, it's definitely refreshing to be able to read something like the old School Hardy Boys once again. No Place Like Holmes is a very engaging Young Adult Fiction where the mystery is well done. It's rather unpredictable and it keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a taste for good fiction. This book is definitely a keeper and I wouldn't mind reading this book over and over again in the future. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a digital copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher as a part of their review program. I was not required to write a positive review for this book.
I always liked mystery stories when I was a kid (Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children). There is something exciting about a mystery story, especially when the young characters get to investigate and solve the mystery. In that same vein, I found No Place Like Holmes to be a fun story, likely to appeal to young readers. The protagonist Griffin goes to live with his hapless detective of an uncle, who happens to live right next door to Sherlock Holmes. The story includes a mystery that may (or may not) involve the Loch Ness Monster. While the main characters are male, this book should appeal to female readers as well. I appreciated the faith-based nature of the books, which will reinforce messages that parents are teaching their children. There is a sequel on the horizon, so young readers who enjoy this first story should be encouraged to follow along on the detective adventures of Griffin. [Note: I received this book at no charge from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.]
My Thoughts:This is a great mystery for YA readers! This is a wonderful story for the "new to mystery" readers to 'cut their teeth' on. It is well written, planned out from beginning to end, entertaining, and much more emotional than I had expected. The characters are fantastic! I fell in love with Griffin - what a sweet, sad little boy. I found myself close to tears many times. I was thrilled to see that his demeanor influences that of his Uncle Snodgrass in a positive way. The villains are sooooo evil, Nigel - - - what a HORRID man - a larger version of the contemptible young man he had been as a child. All the characters stand out in some way.The plot is not so complicated that the adult reader doesn't see the next move coming, but all the while it is complex enough to keep you turning the pages and wondering about the end.I have to admit that I wasn't ready for the end!I love that there is an element of steampunk thrown in! The inventions are wonderful. I would love to have read this aloud to middle schoolers, just so I could have seen their faces when Griffin gets to use Snodgrass's information finding machine. Watts is amazing!Overall a very worthwhile read! Intriguing and entertaining from start to finish. I plan to impatiently await the next book in the series!
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. So to read a story from the perspective of what would be his rivalry was interesting, but a little awkward. No Place Like Holmes kind of makes you think of what Sherlock Holmes would be like as a kid ¿ sort of. Griffin is also a Christian, and I am not sure if Holmes ever had a faith. Anyway, I really don¿t want to compare and contrast Holmes and Griffin, it wouldn¿t be fair. (Yes, I have to agree that I think Holmes is still the world¿s greatest detective-sorry.) But I like Griffin a lot as well. I think he is such a great kid, and the gift he bears can be a heavy load at times but he carries it well. There are some minor issues I had with the story, only because they would be so farfetched. On the one hand I understand that it has to be for a kid to play a vital role in saving the world from evil in the first place. If you forget about the bits that are not believable and just enjoy the story, it was a fun and light reading. It was nice to see very very little of Holmes¿ presence in this book and I liked the commentary in Griffin¿s head. Though I didn¿t think I would I even started sort of liking Uncle Snodgrass. I think this is perfect reading for middle graders.
What a great concept for a book! It really delivered too! I loved it so much. I felt bad for Griffin when he found out that the great Sherlock Holmes was not his uncle. But he still found out that his uncle was a detective and decided to make due with what he had.Some of the situations that the two get into made me chuckle. This was a nice light read with an interesting mystery.This is perfect for those middle grade readers who have a penchant to try to figure things out.In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
Thirteen-year-old Griffin comes to London to stay with his uncle at 221 A Baker Street. Rupert Snodgrass is a not very successful private investigator sharing a building with Sherlock Holmes. Griffin is very observant and his uncle is a very good inventor. They team up to solve the case where a clockmaker was swallowed by the Loch Ness Monster.
A kid's mystery that focuses on Sherlock Holmes' lesser known neighbor who might finally get his big change when he nephew comes over from America for the summer. I found some of the characters stuff predictable, but overall I enjoyed this fresh take on the Holmes universe.
This is definitely a book that kids will enjoy. It was written by an author with a whimsical imagination! Griffin Sharpe is a young boy with acute deducting skills. He notices the finest details without trying. His mind is always thinking about the situations at hand, and his story will keep curious readers busy trying to catch all the details too. Griffin is sent to London to visit his uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, who lives at 221A Baker Street (that is 221A, not 221B, mind you). His uncle is a detective/inventor, who lives next door to the famed Sherlock Holmes. And with the story set as is, a mysterious disappearance takes place, Moriarty enters the scene, and young Master Sharpe has landed himself into his first true crime that will test his clever brain. I found that the author did well in duplicating an inquisitively sharp mind like Holmes' and creating it in the form of a young boy who is eager to discover more. There were parts of the story which I felt were a little corny, or out of place, especially concerning some of the parts pertaining to Holmes and Watson, but it still turned out fine. It was rather funny to compare all of Snodgrass's "inventions" (which he has crafted through steam-power) to the authentic technology we have now. It did add an extra flair of fun to the story, that's for sure. The fact that Rupert Snodgrass had built a robot (and actually named it dangerously close to a certain assistant/sidekick) was a bit over the top for me, but, oh well. In closing, I must mention that I was most impressed by the way that Lethcoe brought across Christianity and prayer into an adventure story for kids. Well done!!
It was the best book i ever read. I <3 the details and all the action that i profides.
I really like this book. I thought this book was very mysterious and a fun read. Griffin Sharpe, (the main character,) is a very sharp boy. He notices everything, since he has photographic memoy. One of the most important things about this book, though, is that Griffin has a strong belief in God. This book will help your relationship with people. A must read!
This is the first book in a detective series designed for an audience of young persons. It consists of a short novel that introduces the characters and covers the retirement of Sherlock Holmes to beekeeping in Sussex. It also includes two short puzzle narratives and their solutions as well as a recipe for lemon-iced scones. As is generally typical of books for a teen audience, the tale is heavy on action and narrative and a little light on fact and practical knowledge. The characters are interesting, with a couple of quite nasty villains and a sprinkling of more prosaic characters. Mrs. Hudson appears, as do Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The hero, Griffin Sharpe, is an American boy from Boston who is sent to visit his maternal uncle in London for the summer. The uncle resides at 221 Baker Street and is a professional detective. Our hero is a very observant young man who counts things when he is nervous or insecure, which occurs frequently. He also has the habit of observing and remembering the things he sees. His uncle has an inventive streak and has produced a number of machines and devices of many types. Upon debarkation at Limehouse Docks, young Griffin is inadvertently involved in a monstrous plot, involving people he meets in the course of making his way to his uncle's apartment. Once he arrives at 221 Baker Street, his uncle is hired by a lady with a missing husband. According to an eyewitness report, her husband was snatched off the bank of the Thames River by the Loch Ness Monster. Once the action is over, the wounded begin recovery, rewards are handed out all around and the evildoers disappear. Griffin and his uncle work a half-dozen or so cases over the rest of the Summer, at the end of which Holmes announces his eminent retirement. Griffin prepares to return home and is about to leave for the Docks when a telegram arrives. The story will be continued in the next volume in the series, "The Future Door." For all this is a book for young adults, it is well written and it moves right along. The characters are clearly drawn and all manage to change a bit over the course of the story. The writer is obviously a religiously inclined person and the book just avoids being 'preachy.' The inconsistencies are generally such as will not be noticed by their intended audience but will probably disconcert an adult with the various leaps from theory to action. It is enjoyable, moral and self-consistent without seeming condescending. It is the kind of story responsible parents will be pleased to give to their children and that the children will probably read and enjoy. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, September 2011
A must-read for a mystery lovers, though highly recommended for children. Griffin Sharpe is a well developed character. A keen observant, it led to an exciting plot and vivid descriptions. Lethcoe did a wonderful job and gave the reader a taste of the 1903 setting. This is a gripping tale written for ages 9-12 that will keep their minds alert in a great and simple mystery. Griffin Sharpe served as a model for respecting everyone even when he is mistreated and misunderstood. He is honest, polite, witty and have faith in God. The story is very interesting and very much appreciated. Beautifully done!
A book for kids that even adults may find engaging. It's a mystery book with a lot of heart and values that growing kids should learn especially about keeping faith. Griffin is an interesting enough character who's astute and smart enough to rival even Sherlock Holmes himself. This book just proves all too conveniently that there is always something to learn from every experience, no matter how ridiculous it may seem at first glance. The way the book went doesn't leave readers in the cold about the mystery that's being worked on. If anything, each scene, each detail is like an invitation by the hand to come solve the mystery along with the well-developed character. Griffin Sharpe is an interesting kid, indeed. Kids who come to this book for entertainment will definitely be more than entertained. They will walk away with a new sense of curiosity and interest for a world that is full of mystery. The story is easy enough to read with each chapter lasting at a decent length, so as not to put the reader to sleep. This is a good way to get any kid started on a genre that's sure to keep them up all night reading. A 4 out of 5! I got a free copy of this book to review from booksneeze.
This was a fun read, not necessarily for either of my kids, Matt is a bit to old at 15 and Emmy a bit to young at 6. But any 9 - 12 year old boy would love this book. The contraptions that Griffin's uncle has sound amazing, and the ability that Griffin has to see practically everything around him in an instant are sure to appeal to any boy reading this book (or to any girl interested in mysteries too). If you like Sherlock Holmes stories and are looking for something like that for a younger reader than this book would be for you, I will be saving this book and when Emmy is a bit older I am sure that we will read it together.
This is a fun kids mystery novel. It is written for ages 9-12 The book really draws you into it, but only after reading a few pages of the first chapter. It's a really enjoyable read and you can read the book in just an afternoon or two. The book is about a twelve year old boy named Griffin who goes to London to stay with his uncle for the summer. He knows nothing more than his uncle is a detective and lives at 221 Baker Street. Thinking that the great Sherlock Holmes who resides in the same building is his uncle he is disappointed to find out that he isn't and although his uncle is a detective, he is a poor one at that. His uncle is barely scraping by, as his neighbor _The Great Sherlock Holmes has a business that is thriving. Great Read I recommend this to anyone
If you grew up reading Hardy Boys or children investigative series, you will definitely like ' No Place Like Holmes' by Jason Lethcoe. Reading this book brings me back to my childhood days where I savour reading short mystery book. Initially, the start was rather slow, but the pace picked up soon after and I got hooked on reading the book. It was nice. Suitable for teenagers and people with high imaginations. It gets rather predictable at some point of the story, but I think that's fine with me as I think it would be challenging enough to the young adults. Overall, it's a good book, and I definitely would recommend this book to parents who are looking for a quality read for their young children. A word of warning though. there's religious element and religious message embedded inside. So if you want pure unadulterated mystery, then this book might not be for you. I received this book for review purposes from Thomas Nelson Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review for it and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to review this book by Thomas Nelson Publisher through their blogger review programme. As usual, I am not required to give a positive review. Just an honest review would do. This books is geared towards young readers of the age 9 to 12 years old. It's well written and resonant the gentle teaching of the old school like respecting the elders. I really missed this type of books. The market is being flooded by too many vampires type of books for young readers and I think it is refreshing to get a hold of books that bears some of the former theme. Adventures and excitement awaits readers of this book. It's certainly a page turner. At times, Griffin is portrayed more mature than his age. As usual with mystery and detective novels, this story has many twists and turns. Nevertheless, it is impressive how Jason Lethcoe managed to incorporate into the story, the believe in God, Prayer and a little faith can go a long without sounding to preachy. One thing that I don't understand is why this book is classified as Non-Fiction. Aren't Sherlock Holmes a fictional character? Overall, this is a good read worth 4 stars out of 5
Hey there! I just got a new book from booksneeze called "No Place Like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe. Before I get started, I must let you know that due to a long legal law thing, I got this book for free and I don't have to get this book a good review. Okay, I can get started now. "No Place Like Holmes" is the story of a young boy named Griffin Sharpe. He is extremely observent, and he wishes to be a detective one day. It seems as though his chance is coming when he learns he can visit his uncle in England for an entire summer. Even better, his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street, the address of the most famous detective in the world- Sherlock Holmes. He packs up and heads off, only to realize that his uncle lives at 221A, not 221B. (Although, I can't imagine the boy thinking his uncle lived with Mr. Holmes! But I digress?) Through the course of the summer, Griffin stumbles upon a case that seems too strange even for the great Sherlock Holmes to solve! With the help of his eccentric uncle, his uncle's inventions, and God, will Griffin be able to crack this case? This book is a good kids mystery book, in the memory of Encyclopedia Brown and whatnot. This is good for kids 12 and under, but adults are welcome to enjoy it too? I give this book four out of five stars?
Griffin Sharpe has some habits that make other boys, and even adults wonder. He counts things and notices everything, things that most people would never notice. He thinks it is normal for a future detective, which is what he plans to be, but other people just think he is odd. Sent to his uncle's home in London for the summer, he is excited to learn that his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street, the funny thing is he has never heard his uncle's name so he wonders if he is related to the great Sherlock Holmes. He is a bit disappointed to realize his uncle is not Sherlock Holmes, but is Rupert Snodgrass, another detective, who lives at 221A Baker Street. His disappointment grow to dread when he finds out his uncle does not want him there and is quite rude to him. Griffin is sure the summer will be very long and tedious. Imagine his delight when he and his uncle are involved in a very exciting case. Maybe too exciting when they find themselves captured by the same people who kidnapped the man they are looking for. They are in danger, not only are they in danger, but so is the famous Sherlock Holmes, and so is a great deal of London, as the plan to detonate a bomb in the Big Ben Clock Tower is revealed. How will a young boy and a inexperienced detective foil this devious plan? I love the famous Sherlock Holmes stories and this book was very good, you got the same feel as those stories, with Griffin's uncanny observation skills. This book was a great book and kids and adults will both enjoy this story! Great writing and I loved the ending which lets you know that there is more to come! Looking forward to the next book in this series! 183 pages US 9.99 4 stars. This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for book review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
No Place Like Holmes, by Jason Lethcoe, is a book aimed at readers outside of my demographic. Thankfully, I have a 9-year-old son who is an avid reader and who fits perfectly. He read the book before I did, and he liked it so much he read all 200 pages in one day. The story revolves around Griffin, a boy genius who is often misunderstood and who is often misunderstood and picked on by kids and adults alike. He goes to visit his uncle, a private detective who lives next door to Sherlock Holmes. the uncle is barely scraping by, even as his neighbor's business thrives. Not surprisingly, as the story moves forward, there is a mystery to be solved, and not surprisingly, Griffin plays a part. This being a Thomas Nelson publication, there is a spiritual component of the story which separates it from most other mystery series such as Sherlock Holmes, Encyclopedia Brown, or Boxcar Children. My son liked it. I liked it. I recommend it for those readers who fall within the demographic. The publisher gave me a copy for review purposes, but they didn't tell me to recommend it. They're cool like that.