Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Future Door by Jason Lethcoe

The second book in Lethcoe’s juvenile mystery series, following No Place Like Holmes, brings back Griffin Sharpe, the “World’s Most Secret Detective.” He’s a twelve-year-old boy who travels through time using his uncle’s invention. Rupert Snodgrass, Griffin’s uncle, was an inventor and a would-be detective who lived at 221A Baker Street in the apartment next to Sherlock Holmes. Rupert was a bitter man, angry that he was overshadowed by Holmes, and equally angry that his inventions didn’t make him famous. But, that time travel machine would be just what he and Griffin needed to save the world from Professor Moriarty and his cousin Nigel, the man who once tried to kill Griffin.

At the opening of The Future Door, Griffin and Rupert have to travel to Boston since Griffin’s parents disappeared, apparently kidnapped by Moriarty. But, on arrival, they are attacked by a woman who shoots their cab two hundred times, leaving them for dead. They are fortunate to survive, and Griffin discovers his father, a Methodist minister, had never disappeared. They realize Moriarty lured them away to try to kill them. Their return to London leads to disaster, the theft of Rupert’s time machine, which is used to change history, giving power to Moriarty. And, the crucial event that changes history is the murder of Sherlock Holmes. Somehow, Griffin and Rupert must find a way to go back in time, and save Sherlock Holmes.

Lethcoe’s book is aimed at readers between the ages of nine and twelve. It’s a fast-paced story that should capture the attention of readers who enjoy adventure with non-stop action. Rupert’s inventions, such as the time machine in the form of a teapot and his all-seeing spectacles, should be popular, particularly with boys. And, the targeted readers will appreciate the protagonist, a twelve-year-old boy who triumphs with a remarkable mind, and doesn’t let his permanent leg injury slow him down.

There is one caveat. This is a faith based mystery that stresses values, a belief in God, prayer and faith.  Some readers will appreciate the religious elements, while others might find that prayers and Bible readings are out of place in an action-packed mystery.

Jason Lethcoe's website is www.jasonlethcoe.com

The Future Door by Jason Lethcoe. Thomas Nelson. ©2011. ISBN 9781400317301 (paperback), 224p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The Strand Magazine asked me to review this, and they supplied a copy.


Karen C said...

Since I don't know any readers in this age bracket, I don't have to add to the TBR!! :O) Thanks, Lesa.

Lesa said...

So,just as glad for a post when you don't have to add it to the TBR pile, Karen?