Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kid Lit Blog Hop #46

Welcome back to the Kid Lit Blog Hop #46

It is no secret that I have a major obsession with middle grade mysteries, so when I saw this one on Amazon, I snaffled it up
The Curious Disappearance of Professor Brown
by Tim Flanagan and illustrations by Dylan Gibson.
I was not disappointed. 

18 year old Lawrence Pinkley is Whitby's top private detective. Well actually he is the only private detective, complete with wardrobe of beige trenchcoats and trilby hats. When his father dies and leaves him a large inheritance, Lawrence can't touch it until he runs PIG for 5 years. ( Pinkley Investigation Group) So he sets out to follow in his father's footsteps and what follows is a laugh out loud adventure, with a cast of characters whose names often had me chortling.
 When Russet Brown arrives on Pinkley's door step, desperate to find her father Professor Brown, little does Lawrence know just how much of pumpkin of an investigation he has landed in. Mysterious notes begin finding their way into his office, and two thugs are watching his every move. Lawrence soon learns that this private detective gig is not as easy as he thought and he finds himself in one huge pickle, but not to worry. With a little help from some new friends, our dashing detective outsmarts the crooks and lives to investigate another day, just in time for his date with the lovely Vicky, his cafe crush.

This was one fun mystery, that had me laughing all the way to the end. I absolutely loved the colour illustrations by Dylan Gibson and found myself taking extra time to study each one, with their intricate and often hilarious details. I would recommend this to upper middle grade 12+ due to some of the events included and I am certainly looking forward to the next Lawrence Pinkley mystery.

Happy Hopping folks

Welcome to the 46th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! We are pleased to be welcoming a few co-hosts this week: Stanley & Katrina, who have just released their latest book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals (Stanley & Katrina Book 2) and Rebecca, the author behind the book blog, A Book Long Enough. Welcome to Stanley & Katrina and Rebecca!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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  1. Sorry if this is a second same comment. Blogger got wonky all of a sudden.
    Thank you for helping to host the Kid Lit Blog Post. I also like middle grade mysteries and The Curious Disappearance of Professor Brown sounds like a fun book for kids who also like mysteries.

    1. Sorry for the late reply Alex, thanks for stopping by, this was a fun read

  2. My daughter has recently become interested in mysteries. I think she would really like a comical one. Going to have to check this out. Thanks for sharing it on the hop!

    1. This one might be targeted a bit older than your daughter Stacie but it was a fun read.

  3. This sounds like my kind of book! I'm taking a break from the KLBH and kid I lit reviews in general for a week or two to reset my grump-o-meter, but I still love to see new possible reads!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca, I totally understand, I have a grump o meter of my own, and it usually entails me screaming into the universe, how did this get published, but alas, every editor has their own style and some books just do not resonate with me.

  4. Well doesn't this sound super fun! Nice review and no, we are not surprise you snatched this book up. :) Thanks for hosting the KidLitBlogHop and for sharing this on it! We'll chat soon. ;)

    1. yes you know, I am addicted to mysteries, cannot get enough

  5. Thanks for sharing this, Julie. Sounds like a fun book!

  6. Very interesting Julie. So, the main character is 18 years old and this is a middle grade book? That's a bit unusual. Would it fit to have a younger protagonist? Regardless, sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing it in the Hop!

    1. Yep, so the rule for middle grade is usually place your character 2-3 years older than your target audience. For this one it works pretty well, despite the older age group, but there were some moments when I wondered if an 8 year old would identify. Still a great read and the illustrations were awesome ++++++