AUTHOR = ELLIE MARNEY
GENRE = CRIME, MYSTERY, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, RELATIONSHIPS, LITERARY REMAKE
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9 – 12
What a great read from a new YA author! If you enjoy crime fiction and especially if you enjoy Sherlock Holmes , then you are sure to enjoy this novel, set in modern day Melbourne.
Young James Mycroft (whose surname recalls Sherlock Holme’s highly intelligent older brother) is a self-confessed genius, with some seriously flawed social skills. Some might call him eccentric – like his good friend, Rachel Watts. Some might just call him an annoying pest – like some of his teachers and Detective Pickup, who would actually rather like to arrest Mycroft!
When Mycroft and Watts stumble upon a dead homeless man (who was a friend of Mycroft’s) their desire to see justice done is aroused. With his intelligence piqued and an interest in forensics, Mycroft thinks he can solve the crime before the appointed detectives. Especially with his faithful sidekick, Watts, along for the ride. However, whilst Watts may be good at patching up Mycroft’s battle scars, her sense of daring may actually endanger them both.
There are delicious nods to the original Sherlock Holmes canon – in the names and personalities of the main characters, even down to the blog that Mycroft writes (as “Diogenes”). But even those readers who are not Holmes fans will enjoy this novel. It blends fast-paced action with credible characters and situations. The key characters have to battle against interfering families, school work and detention, as they try to stay one step ahead of the game.
Is Mycroft too much for Watts to handle? Can Mycroft save Watts from herself? And are they really just friends, as they keep telling everyone? A highly entertaining story about 2 teens trying to see justice done .. and stay alive to sit their next exams!
This book has been Longlisted for the 2014 Gold Inky award.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****