The World’s Greatest Detective

Caroline Carlson. Harper, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-236827-0
Carlson (the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series) creates a richly imagined Victorian-esque setting in a mystery that highlights the capabilities of adults and children alike, regardless of gender. Following years of being bounced around from relative to relative after the disappearance of his parents, 11-year-old Toby Montrose ends up with his Uncle Gabriel on Detectives’ Row in the fictional city of Colebridge. He’s determined to avoid trouble to ensure that his investigator uncle will let him stay, despite financial strains. So when an opportunity arises to make a significant amount of money—and earn the title of World’s Greatest Detective—by solving a weekend murder mystery at an estate, Toby jumps at the chance, relying on his smarts, lessons learned in a detection-focused correspondence course, and the help of new friend Ivy and her dog. Toby is a delightfully complex character, prone to doing the wrong things for the right reasons. His misadventures with Ivy lead to hilarious and gasp-worthy moments that will keep readers racing toward an ending that’s sure to keep them guessing. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/15/2017
Release date: 05/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-06-236829-4
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