Author: Jason Lethcoe
Published: Thomas Nelson, May 2011
First Line: "Frederick Dent removed his beautifully engraved pocket watch from his vest pocket."
Summary: When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221B 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 221A Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221B. 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? (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Reminiscent of Encyclopedia Brown, No Place Like Holmes is a fun mystery story set in the time of Sherlock Holmes and actually has a cameo from the good detective himself.
Griffin Sharpe has the same powers of deduction that Sherlock Holmes has, and at the same time his uncle uses a lot of science and inventions to solve crime. The two of them team up in this book to work together to solve a case of a missing man.
I thought that No Place Like Holmes was really fun. It’s got a bit of mystery and a bit of action that it satisfies those of a younger audience, say 10-14.
Not only was I impressed with the writing style and the whole story itself, I was impressed at the mini mysteries in the back of the book. I absolutely adore mini mysteries. I would go through books of two-minute mysteries for a really long time when I was younger, so the Griffin Sharper mini-mysteries were a great addition to the books.
If you like mystery stories and are familiar with Encyclopedia Brown and like those, then I think that you’d be in for a really fun treat with Jason Lethcoe’s No Place Like Holmes.