Saturday, December 22, 2018
The Rascal In The Castle: Sherlock's Possible! Dog and the Queen's Revenge (Sherlock's Dog)
Here is a delightful book children will enjoy, and also a cute way to introduce them to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. I first encountered Digby in an earlier adventure, Scones and Bones on Baker Street, Sherlock's Dog (Maybe!) and the Dirt Dilemma, and when I saw there was a sequel, I knew I wanted to read more of this endearing mutt's adventures. (I'm a dog person at heart and can thoroughly believe in Digby's personality.)
This humorous Sherlock Holmes adventure brings back Digby, the London street dog who has decided he is Holmes’ bona fide watch dog and desperately wants to be his assistant detective. Digby has already worked his way into the affections of Mrs. Hudson in Scones and Bones.
A mysterious visitor arrives at 221b Baker Street in the middle of the night. Digby follows him inside and overhears a new case: The King of Falkenbarzia, disguised as King of Bohemia, is marrying the Princess of Boldavia. He’s sure Irene Adler plots to show up and ruin his wedding. This could start a war between the countries. The King wants Holmes and Watson to attend and nab her before she succeeds. Digby decides to attend the wedding also. He tags along with the two when they leave, traveling by train, boat and stage coach to the King’s castle atop a mountain.
In the castle, Digby encounters a wild array of characters: a rat brigade smarter than the humans, a cat who allies herself with the rats, a castle hound who is not too swift (in all meanings of that word), a pack of hounds one of the guests has brought for nefarious reasons, a sneaky person caught going through Holmes’ and Watson’s’ satchels, various jewel-adorned guests who might not be as they seem.
Can’t give any spoilers here as to how things turn out. But Digby is a persistent sleuth, and nothing daunts him. And the author has done a masterful job of presenting the world through a dog’s eyes. This is a delightful series, and I'm looking forward to future Digby adventures.
You can learn more about the author HERE
How about you? Do you like dogs? Do you like books with animal sleuths? Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan?
On another note, I've been promising a post on Portugal. You can read my latest on at my new travel blog, Come Travel With Me. Please stop by and leave a comment.