This is a great middle-grade read. While some will stumble a bit over the vocabulary used here, the sheer fun of the story will keep them going. Quirky is its overriding characteristic but there is plenty of mystery, hilarity and more. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this romp with Darkus and his dad." ~Jackie--Jackie is a wonder with words and loves to use them to recommend her favorite reads.
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.
About the Author
Rohan Gavin is an author and screenwriter based in London. He is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his enduring love of detective fiction, cars and conspiracy theories inspired him to write this book, the first in a series. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and he recently became a father himself.
Praise for Knightley and Son…
Awards for Knightley and Son
-Spring 2014 Kids IndieNext Pick, ABA Indies Introduce Pick, Kirkus Reviews
Heroes, villains and settings are all fully realized through proficient description, and contemporary technology gives way to sheer brainpower. A rousing page-turner with one fault: It ends.
Gavin has created a fun 'Sherlock Holmes'-style adventure, with modern twists and a bit of humor. The combination is skillfully done. This is a quick and fun read; a great choice for choice looking for a new mystery to dive into.
Written in a style reminiscent of Lemony Snicket and J.K. Rowling, this rousing mystery feels fresh and creepy at the same time . . . A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read.
Gavin deftly paces the story, maintaining the narrative tension . . . Fans of this debut will be glad that the ending leaves the door open for sequels.
Danger and excitement--not to mention quirky characters and wonderful writing--lurk around every page!
Knightley & Son . . . succeeds in its dual plans of unmasking a nefarious conspiracy and captivating middle-grade readers.
Darkus has the calculating mind, the cool attention to detail, and the abundance of tweed of a young Sherlock Holmes . . . The mystery is genuinely compelling.
Chases around London, the help of a secret branch of Scotland Yard, and a host of quirky characters help drive this story.