Monday, 19 March 2018

Book Review: The Gravediggers' Club [Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries #1] by Robert J. Harris

Title: The Gravediggers' Club
Author: Robert J. Harris
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Genre: Mystery, Middle Grade
Series: Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Kelpies
Publication Date: 1st May 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve. While sneaking out to explore Greyfriars Kirkyard by night, Artie and his best friend Ham spot a ghostly lady in grey and discover the footprints of a gigantic hound. Could the two mysteries be connected? These strange clues lead them to a series of robberies carried out the sinister Gravediggers' Club and soon they find themselves pitted against the villainous Colonel Braxton Dash. Will Artie survive his encounters with graveyards and ghosts in the foggy streets of nineteenth century Edinburgh -- or will his first case be his last? Robert J. Harris, author of The World Goes Loki series and William Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in this ingenious detective story full of twists, turns and shocking reveals.
My Thoughts
Robert J. Harris is a new author to me, but after reading the synopsis for The Grave Diggers’ Club I knew I had to read more, even though I’ve never really watched Sherlock Holmes, which hopefully meant I didn’t have expectations going into this book. The moment I began reading The Grave Diggers’ Club I was hooked. Arthur and Edward just stand out from the pages, I instantly loved the friendship between this duo, the comradery, and how their personalities just work so well together.

The story begins with Artie and Edward ‘Ham’ taking a walk through a cemetery, when they see strange shadows and hear strange noises. But pretty soon this duo soon find themselves caught in a puzzling investigation of grave robbers, ghosts, and mysterious lodgers.

The Gravediggers’ Club is a book that draws you in, and leads you around with false clues. I loved how naive Artie was, wanting to find a clue in everything and solve this investigation, some were pretty far reached to be honest, but that just made him more endearing. I love how Ham is always thinking of food, and can often be found with snacks in his pockets, which really come in handy.

I really liked how easy the plot was to follow, whilst also letting you try to solve the mystery yourself. The book has easy to read text, as well as small images related to notes, or grave stones. The characters have distinctive personalities that make it easy to differentiate them from each other.

The Grave Diggers’ Club is a book that I really enjoyed reading, and I could not read fast enough, wanting to know what was really going on. I thoroughly enjoyed reading. This book and can’t wait to dive into the next book to see what the next mystery will be.

Final Verdict
The Gravediggers’ Club is a great read for middle grade. It has humour, friendship, and an easy to follow plot that will keep readers wanting to know who did it.

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