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 order these books at Amazon HERE and HERE.





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 MePlease stop by and leave a comment. 

15 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds like a great tale (or is it tail?) for both young and adults alike. It sounds like a really good read, and you gave us a great review.

I'm both a dog and cat lover, but dogs are too needy, where cats are more self sufficient. And at this stage of my life, I need self sufficient (grin).

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, again, Elizabeth, I'm glad you liked the review. I like all animals, but especially love cats and dogs. We had a cat for 19&1/2 years who was just a sweetie. And we've had several dogs. I don't mind their neediness. They give you so much love. When I had some foot surgery a few years ago, our dog was right there at the bedside, giving his support. He's gone now, but we still miss him, although we won't get any more pets until we stop traveling: it's too hard on them and also on us!

Hope you have a wonderful Xmas and Happy New Year.

Anvilcloud said...

I'm not sure if I'm a huge Sherlock fan although I do like my British mysteries. I just ordered YOUR book from (not the ones of this post) from amazon.ca -- the Kindle version.

Rosi said...

I seldom find books from animal points of view that I enjoy, but I do like mysteries. Maybe I will take a look at these. Thanks for telling me about them. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

AC, Thanks so much! I think you will like the book — it's not just for children. Or rather, it's for children 7-70. (That's if you are referencing Carnival of the Animals.) Have a great day, and have a great Christmas.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi, thanks for stopping by. This is really a cute book; both of them are. A lot of what makes them interesting, though, is Sherlock's world and some references to it, and the dog point of view. Hope you have great holidays.

Mirka Breen said...

I wish this was published when my kids were little. Goodness-- when I was little!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Cute cover! Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna. The cover was designed by the same artist who designed the cover for my last two books. He also has some really cute illustrations throughout the book — throughout both books.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Mirka, actually, it's a fun read for adults, too, simply because she does such a good job of getting into a dog's head. Our own dog passed away five years ago, but I can believe he would have thought just like Digby!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Elizabeth, I just stopped by to wish you a healthy, safe, and joyful new year for you and your loved ones. I hope you have a fabulous and productive 2019, too.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks so much, Elizabeth. And best wishes to you and yours. (Hugs to bleubeard.)

Sandra Cox said...

This sounds like an awfully cute read.

Sandra Cox said...

Checked out your other blog. Nice!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sandra, "Cute" is a good description, because the hero truly has such a cute personality. Meanwhile, I'm glad you like my new travel blog. I've decided to keep those posts separate to make them more "findable" for friends who like to read about Spain and Portugal and other far flung places. Have a great day.