Knightley and Son

Knightley and Son

By Author / Illustrator

Rohan Gavin



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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC




Paperback / softback



KNIGHTLEY & SON, a father and son detective duo, are trying to solve the mystery of a book that drives its readers to commit crimes, while also trying to discover who is behind a sinister but mysterious organisation called the Combination, which seems to be engaged in any number of criminal activities - including this latest puzzle about the book. Much of the footwork on the case is being done by Knightley Junior - 13-year old Darkus - as his father moves in and out of a strange coma. As Darkus finds his feet on the case, he also turns out to be rather good at detective work. While Darkus's focus is very much on his father and their joint investigation, in the background we learn that he is from a broken home and that he struggles to get on with his step-dad. Darkus, who dresses - as all good detectives should - in tweed and is overwhelmingly polite, is the complete opposite of his step father. This very real setting makes Darkus even more appealing as a character. There are echoes of Sherlock Holmes in the story, including Darkus's skillful detective work but also in the story's setting of the dark and foggy streets of London. The twists and turns of the plot, the ever-present danger and the appearance of some wonderfully eccentric characters will make this story very appealing to readers, especially to those who love a good detective tale. 336 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Alice Barr

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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