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Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Review: The Stalwart Companions by H. Paul Jeffers

The Stalwart Companions by H. Paul Jeffers
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The Stalwart Companions
by H. Paul Jeffers
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1-84856-509-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-84856-509-8
Publication Date: February, 2010
List Price: $9.95

Review: In the year 1880, a humid July night in New York City, two grand companions pursue a notorious criminal through the paved streets. This is the adventure of The Stalwart Companions.

Set in New York, New York, this novel by H. Paul Jeffers follows the infamous Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of his early cohort, the future President of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt, fresh out of Harvard, arranges to meet his pen pal Holmes at dinner with his friend from the New York Police Department, Will Hargreave. But when Will gets a call about a murder at Gramacey Park, the hunt begins.

As the companions search for clues, the mystery complicates. Soon, the murder doesn’t seem as simple as a robbery. The complications grow when the President comes to town. And when they are finally putting the pieces together, it might be too late…

This novel is exceptional! It is a fantastic story, filled with all of the things you could want in a book: suspense, thrill, plot, everything! What I really liked is the author’s plot\setting consistency. Jeffers truly makes it feel like the book takes place in the late 1800’s. He made it so the dialogue was like how it would have been back then. Jeffers was also careful about incorporating real live characters into the story. There are no loose ends in the story that he forgot to tie up. The story is very well written and makes sense. It even plays a part in history! He incorporates other figures and places of that time frame very well. His phenomenal blend of fact and fiction kept me on the edge of my seat until I had finished. It was so good; I was disappointed when it was finished. If you are in the mood for an action-packed, tortuous mystery, The Stalwart Companions is a great choice!

The Stalwart Companions is in the new adventure series: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Like other books in the series, these present the untold mysteries of the infamous detective.

Review written by Jonathan (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Titan Books for providing a copy of The Stalwart Companions for this review.

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