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.
The best way I can describe this book is that it is Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries with his son in a world where Watson is a gigantic, lumbering Scotsman. Intrigued? You should be.
Knightley & Son was given to me for free by Bloomsbury in exchange for a review.
When I asked for a proof of this book, I never really anticipated just how much I was going to enjoy it. It seemed like it would be quite a fun ride from the blurb and I thought it would be something different for me to read. It was time for me to shift away from fantasy for a bit and sink my teeth into some middle grade mystery and I’m very glad that I did.
I became attached to Darkus Knightley very quickly with his quirky, Sherlockian way of speaking and the way that he acted. It was inspired and, frankly, hilarious. The plot in the book was also continuously compelling and the mystery had a fantastical edge that I really didn’t see coming. I thought it was fantastic.
I think the only problem I had with the book was that, like the lumbering Scotsman mentioned at the beginning, the plot was a little bit slow for my liking. It’s a fact, universally acknowledged that a George Lester likes to have his collar grabbed within the first chapter or so before he is dragged along for the remainder of the book. That was where this book fell down. The plot just didn’t take shape quick enough and, while that is fine for 22 year old me who has lots of patience with books, I’m not sure how well that will sit with the Middle Grade audience it is actually intended for.