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No Place Like Holmes [Kindle Edition]

Jason Lethcoe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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ôThink Treasure IslandÆs Jim Hawkins and Encyclopedia Brown rolled into one adventurous, ingenious, God-fearing lad, and you get the idea. Fun, suspenseful, and unpredictable, the No Place Like Holmes books are fantastic reads, and author Jason Lethcoe is a fine craftsman of words to boot. I highly recommend this series.ö ùRobert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th Tribe

The new resident in 221A Baker Street is about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his magnifying glass!

When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221A. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one. But when Griffin meets a woman with a case that Holmes has turned away for being too ridiculous, he and his uncle team up to help her. Along the way, Griffin shows his uncle just what it means to have true faith in God, even when the case challenges that.  The woman claims that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster, but monsters arenÆt realùor are they?

ôThe No Place Like Holmes books will capture you on first page and not let you go until the final fascinating twist and turn. Jason Lethcoe is an excellent writer with the ability to craft a story that entertains all readers (adults are welcome to take a peek!).ö ùRobert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series

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About the Author

Jason Lethcoe has worked as a director, animator, and storyboard artist for the past 22 years. He is currently employed at Sony Pictures Animation. His work has been included in such features as The Little Mermaid and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He is the recipient of several awards including the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration - Paperback Book for his most recent series,The Mysterious Mr. Spines.

Product Details

  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z8J1YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young readers! April 28, 2011
By Cart
Now that a few of my children are reaching the older realm, I am always on the hunt for good and wholesome books on a much higher level.
And let me tell you, it can be really hard.

It seems that anything written for modern day children has today's worldy junk in it. Negativity against "annoying" siblings, name calling at school, etc. Not stuff I want my children reading on their own accord. I have honestly found that to get the type of literature I want for them, I must search for old classics, or at least find ones written today that tell a story from generations ago, such as taking place in the prairie days.
And it's alot easier finding those type of stories for girls.
*crickets chirping*

So I must tell you how thrilled I was to find No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe for my book loving 8 year old son. It is written for ages 9-12, but he has absolutely no problem with devouring a book like this.

With short chapters, and just enough fun-loving suspense to keep their minds alert and guessing, it is such a great and simple "mystery" for young boys.
I love the the way readers are kept engaged by giving various situations to solve, and decipher what might happen next. There is even a recipe in the back, that I am just waiting for my son to beg to make, just because "it's in the book". :o)

But my favorite part? Young Griffin shows total respect to his elders, and in fact everyone, even when he is misunderstood and mistreated. He is polite, smart, and witty, and has a healthy curiosity. He trusts God, and learns how faith and prayer can change any situation.

No Place Like Holmes is definitely a winner in both my book, and my sons! (And I know my daughter will enjoy it as well once her brother lets her borrow it!) If you are looking for a quality book for your young boy, I highly recommend it!

(I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers for purpose of review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
*I recieved an ARC of this book from Net-galley.*

If I was a kid I think I would have enjoyed this much more than I did. It's a cute book, but the description of everything Griffin sees with his all-knowing detectives' eyes gets a little bit irritating. His uncle's an ass, as it the obsession with beating Sherlock Holmes, but luckily towards the end of the book that gets dropped. I was not a fan of the whole twee "I've got a robot butler named Watts and a Moriarty of my own" bit, but I doubt a younger child would pick up on the similarity. I thought the steampunk elements seemed pretty forced, but its big business these days so it's understandable.

This book was very well written, the mystery was engaging, and it was fun to `solve' it along with Griffin. He's a good kid and a great role model. I especially liked the mini-mystery at the end of the books as I was a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown and the CLUE series as a kid so it was nice to see that the tradition lives on. I would definitely give this book to a kid, as I think they would really enjoy it. Overall it was a great children's book read!

*This is a Christian book. Griffin's father is an Especial minister, so there is some talk of praying and God. It's not shown in a huge way, nor is it a really big plot point, but it is there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Holmes series for kids! October 4, 2014
This is definitely a book that kids will enjoy. It was written by an author with a whimsical imagination! Griffin Sharpe is a young boy with acute deducting skills. He notices the finest details without trying. His mind is always thinking about the situations at hand, and his story will keep curious readers busy trying to catch all the details too.

Griffin is sent to London to visit his uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, who lives at 221A Baker Street (that is 221A, not 221B, mind you). His uncle is a detective/inventor, who lives next door to the famed Sherlock Holmes. And with the story set as is, a mysterious disappearance takes place, Moriarty enters the scene, and young Master Sharpe has landed himself into his first true crime that will test his clever brain.

I found that the author did well in duplicating an inquisitively sharp mind like Holmes' and creating it in the form of a young boy who is eager to discover more. There were parts of the story which I felt were a little corny, or out of place, especially concerning some of the parts pertaining to Holmes and Watson, but it still turned out fine. It was rather funny to compare all of Snodgrass's "inventions" (which he has crafted through steam-power) to the authentic technology we have now. It did add an extra flair of fun to the story, that's for sure. The fact that Rupert Snodgrass had built a robot (and actually named it dangerously close to a certain assistant/sidekick) was a bit over the top for me, but, oh well.

In closing, I must mention that I was most impressed by the way that Lethcoe brought across Christianity and prayer into an adventure story for kids. Well done!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes Jr! April 27, 2011
By Charity
I was excited to receive "No Place like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe to review. I enjoyed the book! I have been an admirer of Sherlock Holmes especially listening to the stories on Old Time Radio. I always thought it interesting how Sherlock would pick up on the smallest detail, and of course, that one detail would solve the mystery! Griffin Sharpe is a young boy with observation skills much like those of the fictional Holmes. He observes the most minute detail and comes to (mostly accurate) conclusions. The summer he is twelve, he is sent to spend time with his uncle in London. While there, he of course, finds himself deep into mystery.

I am a little confused about the book, however. Tommy Nelson has it listed as a non-fiction book. According to the author, Griffin Sharpe, was a real private investigator. However, in the story, Griffin has one on one dealings with Sherlock Holmes (who lives in the apartment above his uncle) and Holmes' arch enemy Moriarty who are both fictional characters. When I researched Griffin Sharpe, I found next to nothing other than what the author has put on his blog. Maybe the author will clarify this in the sequel.

I thought the book was well written, and I like how the author blended the story with Griffin's faith. He treats his uncle with respect even when he has been mistreated and misunderstood. He treats clients with respect and compassion when his uncle is focused merely on solving the mystery. A fun read for those young persons (and older ones too!) who like a mystery. Some fun extras are in the back, like a recipe and a few mini-mysteries.

Thomas Nelson provided the book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son love this book!
Published 2 months ago by R. Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, smart adventure for YA
I received the sequel to this book, The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes) from the Amazon Vine (reviewers) program, and so read it before reading this one (two years ago! Read more
Published 13 months ago by dSavannah George-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to Cover
I have to give this book 5 stars because my son read it from cover to cover. He has ADHD and has never been able to read a real (longer than Magic Treehouse) chapter book before. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J'ette
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read aloud to my kiddos!
I'll admit. I got this book eons ago, and it sat on my shelf for far too long. It caught my eye while I was cleaning up and I pulled it off the shelf, and began to read it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michelle M. VanGurp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I had to read this book for school and I am glad I did. This book inspired me more to become a spy. If you get this book you will be on the edge of your seats. Good for kids 10-13
Published 24 months ago by Tracy A Michaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I love this book but was disappointed at the cliffhanger in the end I'm gonna have to get the next book
Published on March 13, 2013 by SUPERMAN12
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery for young readers!
No Place Like Holmes is a juvenile fiction book that introduces Griffin Sharpe as a 12 year old boy that is going to meet his uncle in England for the first time. Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story enjoyed by the whole family --even mom!
This book was started as a read aloud, but quickly was finished by me. Oh, I still continued to read aloud, I just continued alone one afternoon and couldn't stop. Read more
Published on November 13, 2012 by H Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Holmes but enjoyable read
I wasn't sure when I chose this book how it would be - as a fan of Sherlock Holmes and the writing of Conan Doyle I was unsure if I would like this book. Read more
Published on November 11, 2012 by Ian P. Southall
4.0 out of 5 stars First in a Mystery Series for Preteens
"No Place Like Holmes" is the first book in a series for preteens based on the concept of Sherlock Holmes. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Janet Reeves
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