A brand new, fiendishly clever case for Knightley & Son - perfect for fans of Sherlock, detective fiction, crime capers and sinister villainy in all its forms . . .
Darkus Knightley, tweed-wearing, mega-brained, thoroughly logical 13-year-old investigator of the weird, was just getting used to having his dad back in his life. Then Alan Knightley (formerly the capital's top sleuth for crimes too strange for Scotland Yard) went offradar - again - leaving Darkus with a traumatised exbombdisposal dog as his only partner in crime-solving.
But things are getting even stranger. Family pets are being savaged by a beast on the prowl on Hampstead Heath. A top policeman has been tracked and attacked by a massive canine. And two curiously alert hounds seem to be watching Darkus's house. No one is using the word werewolf - yet - but as the full moon approaches, it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to work out that someone or something sinister is messing with the minds of London's dog population. It takes two to tango, two to change a lightbulb* and two to make a decidedly different detective duo. Sometimes a son needs his dad, however clever he may be. A mysterious canine conspiracy is howling for the attention of Knightley & Son . . .
A wickedly funny, edge-of-seat crime caper featuring a brilliant cast of characters and one utterly heartwarming canine pal.
*insert your preferred detective lightbulb joke here
About the Author
Rohan Gavin is an author and screenwriter based in London. He is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his enduring love of detective fiction, cars and conspiracy theories inspired him to write this book, the second Knightley & Son adventure. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and is currently working on his third novel.
Praise for Knightley and Son: Dangers are faced in London in an engaging, characterful debut ... with enjoyably convincing family relationships -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times Praise for Knightley and Son: Aimed at young adventurers, Rohan Gavin's Knightley & Son, for age 10+, perfectly combines comedy and crime-solving as young Doc Knightley tries to discover what caused his father, a private investigator, to fall into a coma. This is an engaging debut and the tweed-loving Doc is a young Holmes for our times Daily Mail Praise for Knightley and Son: Full of suspense, intrigue and humour this is a modern day classic detective mystery Guardian Best New Children's Books, Summer 2014 Praise for Knightley and Son: Heaps of mystery, dry humor and tweed abound in this exemplar of crime fiction la Doyle ... A rousing page-turner with one fault: It ends Kirkus Reviews, starred review The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Darkus Knightley is the primary tool his periodically comatose father, Alan, taps to continue investigating the elusive criminal gang, the Combination. At the end of Knightley and Son (2014), their partnership looked promising and, optimistically, so did their fractured familial relationship. As the book opens, however, paterfamilias is working alone again. Darkus, left in the company of an incontinent but loyal former war dog, discovers something afoot. A number of dogs are missing at Hampstead Heath, and enormous, bloodthirsty mutts are appearing during full moons to maul police officers (werewolf theories abound). Pressing his father to work together again, Darkus finds that Knightley's suggestion that they be a detecting duo was more of a pacifier than a promise, and the feeling of abandonment returns. This is readable as a stand-alone, but familiarity with the first installment will give readers the full scope of Darkus' frustration with a physically and emotionally absent father. Though it suffers some from second-book syndrome, its closer examination of the father-son relationship, the endearing boy-and-his-dog thread, the conversely violent thrill of the occult, and one of the creepiest, multifaceted villains this side of Moriarty will ensnare readers. A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. -- Kirkus Kirkus The perfect case for father-and-son detective team, Knightley & Son -- Sunday Express Sunday Express, Best Children's Novels Summer 2014 Young fans of Sherlock Holmes will be happy to see this -- The Bookbag The Bookbag
Series: Knightley and Son
For Ages: 9+ years old
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1