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No Place Like Holmes (No Place Like Holmes, #1)

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3.76234 votes • 69 reviews
Published 09 May 2011
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Format Paperback
Pages224
Edition3
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1400317215
ISBN139781400317219
Languageen-US



“Think Treasure Island’s 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.” —Robert 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 aren’t real—or are they?
 
“The 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!).” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series
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"No Place Like Holmes (No Place Like Holmes, #1)" Reviews

Rebecca
- New Zealand
4
Sat, 14 May 2011

Reminiscent of Encyclopedia Brown, No Place Like Holmes is a fun mystery story set in the time of Sherlock Holmes and actually has a cameo from the good detective himself.
Griffin Sharpe has the same powers of deduction that Sherlock Holmes has, and at the same time his uncle uses a lot of science and inventions to solve crime. The two of them team up in this book to work together to solve a case of a missing man.
I thought that No Place Like Holmes was really fun. It’s got a bit of mystery and a bit of action that it satisfies those of a younger audience, say 10-14.
Not only was I impressed with the writing style and the whole story itself, I was impressed at the mini mysteries in the back of the book. I absolutely adore mini mysteries. I would go through books of two-minute mysteries for a really long time when I was younger, so the Griffin Sharper mini-mysteries were a great addition to the books.
If you like mystery stories and are familiar with Encyclopedia Brown and like those, then I think that you’d be in for a really fun treat with Jason Lethcoe’s No Place Like Holmes.

Mary
- The United States
3
Thu, 08 Mar 2018

As many other reviewers have said, this is very reminiscent of the Encyclopedia Brown series. I thought some of the observations were kind of pointless, like how many frayed threads varied from one sleeve to the other. I did enjoy the adventure itself, though I wish the (no spoiler) mechanism of the disappearance in the beginning had been explained more or at least come up again. I especially enjoyed the Steampunk aspects and the reference to artistic accomplishments. The fact that Griffin wrongly interpreted one observation (a costly oversight) was a great touch! The Christian aspects seemed both a bit forced and also superficial. I objected strongly to the life-threatening incident near the end. A moderate amount of violence is expected in an adventure. One reviewer mentioned Treasure Island, and that is an excellent example of how to handle violence in a young reader-targeted story. This one went into gratuitous territory, and I couldn’t recommend it to as young an audience as it might otherwise be intended for.

Dana
- Greenville, SC
5
Wed, 14 Sep 2011

Griffin Sharpe is not your average American boy. He's observant--very observant. He can tell you the number of stairs he just climbed, the number of breaths you took during a recent conversation, and whether or not the man across the street brushed his teeth this morning. His matter-of-fact attitude and curious nature, however, only add gas to the fire of ridicule he receives from his peers.
When his mother sends him off to spend the summer with his uncle, Snoops, in London, Griffin is elated yet nervous. After all, he has never met his uncle and knows very little about him. On the train ride, our young hero is thrilled to discover that the address he is heading to is the address of England's finest detective, Sherlock Holmes. The thrill dies away when Griffin learns that his uncle is not Sherlock Holmes, but a inept detective wannabe with a harsh demeanor and an ungrateful attitude.
When a woman comes to him for help in finding her husband, Griffin's uncle jumps at the chance to prove his detective skills and outwit his accomplished neighbor, Holmes. But when the kidnapping turns out to be merely the beginning of an elaborate plot, Snoops enlists Griffin's aid in solving the crime. Will they solve the mystery in time, or will Snoops, once again, find himself a step behind Sherlock Holmes?
There's No Place Like Holmes is a fantastic read for children and adults alike. The plot is thorough, yet simple enough for even a young child to understand. The characters are well-written and evoke a lot of emotion from the reader. The overall flow of the story is smooth, leaving adequate time for thought but advancing the story at a quick enough pace as to prevent boredom. Though the book has a Christian theme woven throughout, the author never seems "preachy" or "in your face." On the contrary, I feel he does an excellent job in portraying a proper Christian attitude and lifestyle.
This book is clean and suitable for readers of all ages. It was a joy to read, and I have to admit that I didn't want to put it down. I especially enjoyed the extra tidbits included in the book such as the mini-mysteries in the back. This book definitely has something for everyone.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Trisha
- Momence, IL
3
Thu, 24 Mar 2011

Griffin Sharpe's visit to his uncle takes an unexpected and exciting turn when the two find themselves investigating a mysterious disappearance. His skills of observation honed and ready, Griffin is reminiscent of a young Sherlock Holmes, who happens to live in the apartment above Griffin's uncle.
This book is adorable. And I mean that in an entirely non-condescending way. Griffin is a perfect young detective, displaying a keen mind and a kind heart. While his powers of observation and deduction are well beyond the pale for one his age, Griffin is still portrayed as a sweet, amiable kid - a feat I believe deserving of some applause for Lethcoe's writing ability. Creating that combination of intelligence and innocence takes great skill in my opinion. Griffin reads as a precocious but delightful thirteen year old.
The plot is fast-paced and exciting without relying too heavily on spectacle or melodrama. The clues Griffin finds and his conclusions deducted from them are explained, but briefly and simply in a way perfect for a middle grade fiction novel (or for an adult brain that's looking for light and easy).
I really only have two complaints. One involves a plot spoiler, so skip the rest of this paragraph if that bothers you. The novel maintains a middle grade level of violence until the end when suddenly death is a very real option. I wasn't a fan of this sudden turn to knives and stabbings and would have preferred the work stay consistently in the non-violent realm.
My second complaint regards religion. The son of a Methodist minister, Griffin's religious nature permeates the text, not necessarily dominating the tale, but still maintaining a consistent presence. Griffin calls upon God in his hour of need and despairs of his Uncle's lack of belief. There were a few moments that felt trite, unnecessary and cliched. Then again, I have to admit a bit of a prejudice when it comes to religion in novels; if it's not central to the story, I find the inclusion annoying.
I first requested the book because of its connection to Sherlock Holmes. I had just read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes and taught the modern film Sherlock Holmes, so I was on a Holmesian (Sherlockian?) bender. While Sherlock doesn't have a large role in the book, he is still a constant character. Snodgrass suffers from severe bouts of jealousy against his competitor, in part fueled by a callousness on Holmes' part when Snodgrass was a child. And of course, Holmes flits around in the background throughout the story. And yet again, a Sherlockian (Holmesian?) book has me slapping my forehead over my neglect of the original canon. I really must rectify the situation soon and read some Holmes.

Sara
- The United States
5
Wed, 27 Apr 2011

No Place like Holmes
By: Jason Lethcoe
Griffin Sharpe was a young boy who was misunderstood by everyone, especially his peers. He has a keen eye for observing even the smallest details. He has a photographic memory and the ability to solve problems using his many talents. Most children his age thought he was weird and did not acknowledge him. Griffin’s mother decided to send him to his uncle’s house in England for the summer. Since Griffin had never met his uncle, he was excited. A conversation, while aboard the train, led him to believe his uncle was the great Sherlock Holmes. His excitement would soon be shattered because as he knocked on the door to his uncle’s apartment Rupert Snodgrass was standing on the other side. His uncle was short tempered and very agitated and did not know Griffin was being sent to stay with him. Over the next few weeks Griffin and Snodgrass would help each other to solve a crime that would save the lives of the Queen, Sherlock Holmes and half of England against Nigel Moriarty and his brother. The story has many twists and turns and throughout the story it teaches us that prayer and faith go a long way and can help us achieve the impossible.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a little mystery. This book is riveting and keeps the suspense building. This book it directed more towards the young adult/teenager. You will love reading this story about a boy who leaves his life in God’s hands.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

D.
- Stockbridge, GA
5
Thu, 27 Sep 2012

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! Can't believe it's been so long!). I have to say that I enjoyed this first one much more than the second. The characters are much more fun and quirky, with better character development, and it focuses primarily on Griffin's point of view (with a few exceptions).
It's a fun premise: twelve-year-old Griffin Sharpe is incredibly observant, so much so that he is often picked on by his schoolmates. He is sent to London to visit Rupert Snodgrass, his curmudgeonly uncle, for the summer. Rupert lives right next door to Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest detective, Rupert's hated competitor. Uncle Rupert wants nothing more than to become even more famous than Holmes, but although he's extremely intelligent and able to create amazing inventions, he has basically no social skills.
He manages to get a case, and with Griffin's help, solves it and saves the Queen and the people of London. Along the way, he changes into a nicer person, and Griffin is able to use his powers of observation for a good cause, which makes him extremely happy. Unfortunately, the bad guy gets away, which leads nicely to book two!
This is a Christian book (tho I had to laugh that the ISBN on the back labels it as "non-fiction"), so there are many references to God, but they fit the story and are not overwhelming. It appears that further books in this series will not be released, or at least not anytime soon, which is a shame, as it's very fun. However, with a little sleuthing, I discovered that the author has created an animated series of Griffin and Rupert's adventures, which you can find at noplacelikeholmes {dot} blogspot {dot} com. There is also a Facebook page with more cartoons (No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe).
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

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