Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Watchman William Ghost Detective by Diana Shaw





SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

With his young friend Thomas, and the great Sherlock Holmes for inspiration, William sets out to investigate mysterious happenings in and around Hardleigh Manor, all with a little help from his readers ...
Can William stop the bicycle thief? Who is causing the sabotage at Hardleigh Hotel? Floods, false trails, enormous exploding marrows and suspects upended in pig swill - all in a day's work for William!
Loaded with clue summaries, suspect lists and lots of action, readers can pitch in with the detective work and help William and Thomas in their efforts to become great detectives.

MY TAKE:

I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels so this book was easy for me to like.

Watchman William is a ghost who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. As expected, he takes a special interest in the mysteries that happens in town and tries to solve them. Helping out William is a young boy named Thomas whose grandfather looks after the grounds of Hardleigh Manor where William lives.

The book is divided into several short stories/mysteries. Since the book is for children, the mysteries are quite simple but they're still enough to keep you guessing. The drawings also remind me of Roald Dahl's books, for some reason.

William and Thomas have such a fascinating rapport. It's not exactly Holmes-Watson-ish. What William and Thomas have is more of a best friends-type of relationship. Their friendship is what makes this book extra special, along with William's ghostly abilities that make it easier for him to spy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a great introduction to mysteries.
  2. William is a likable hero.
  3. William's notes are a nice addition.

THE BAD:

  1. The mysteries are a little short.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Magnificent mange touts! Superlative spinach! Perfect potatoes and the best broccoli ever! You are all just wonderful!
READ IT IF:

  1. You like mysteries.
  2. You like funny heroes.
  3. You are looking for a fun read.

RATING:
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