4 stars of 5 ★★★★☆
Publication date: 2-17-15
*This book was provided free on Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was very well written, the characters were very fleshed out, and the story was well thought-out and engaging for kids, teens, and adults to enjoy. Plus, it reminded me( a little) of Starlight Barking by Dodie Smith (who is one of my all-time favorites). I can see reluctant readers and avid readers alike being drawn into this story. Here’s the summary:
Darkus Knightley, tweed-wearing, mega-brained, thoroughly logical 13-year-old investigator of the weird, was just getting used to having his dad back in his life. Then Alan Knightley went off-radar, again, leaving Darkus with a traumatised ex-bomb-disposal dog as his only partner in crime-solving. Now things are getting even stranger. Family pets are being savaged by a beast at a top London beauty spot. Policemen have been tracked and attacked by a particularly aggressive canine. And two curiously alert hounds seem to be watching Darkus’s house. No one is using the word werewolf – yet – but as the full moon approaches, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to work out that someone or something sinister is messing with the minds of London’s dog population. A mysterious canine conspiracy is howling for the attention of Knightley & Son . . .Criminally good detective adventure, perfect for fans of Sherlock and sharp-minded sleuths of all shapes and sizes.
This is the second installment of the Knightley and Son series, but I honestly read a detailed summary of the first book and moved on to this one and it was still enjoyable. That’s mainly because this is a Middle Grade/Tween book so it heavily explained what happened in the last book so kids can remember without having to re-read. The first book is called Knightley and Son. I’ve moved it further up on my to-read list after reading its sequel. Click the picture below for more information:
I definitely recommend both books for lovers of Middle Grade/YA mystery.