by Mike Blyth
Illustrated by Mike Motz
104 pages – ages 9+
Published by BQB Publishing on February 28, 2013
When the Golden Haggis (an item that represents Scottish royalty) is stolen, Inspector Rumblepants and Sergeant Widebottom are called into action (this is, of course, because Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on vacation) to find the Golden Haggis before the Scots invade England… and take over the world. Rumblepants and Widebottom have to figure out who is on their side (there is a mole causing all sorts of trouble), solve baffling clues and save the world!
When I got a review request for this book, my list for the month was filled up already, but the title of the book and the fact I am a HUGE fan of Sherlock Holmes made me want to break my rules and add it to my TBR list. I am glad I did. The book is packed with a lot of humor was just a fun read. I like that this book has a list of anachronisms at the end of the book (like the story takes place in 1865 and Sherlock Holmes would have been 11-years old (he was fictitiously born in 1854). I also had to look up what an anachronism is/means on my Kindle). The plot was a little predictable and there were places I would have liked the story to have more details (like the castle setting or the bad-guy’s lair), but in all, I enjoyed the story. I think that it is a good book for ages 8+ and is a good introduction to a Holmes-type mystery. Rumblepants and Widebottom (LOVE the names) were fun and unique characters. I hope they go on more adventures. The illustrations in the book (there is about one every-other chapter) were colorful and really added to the story. I didn’t think the cover art showed the silliness of the book though (even though it is a nice illustration).