6 Jan 2018



"I understand that you were intending on visiting another address, but please let me assure you that you've come to the right place.
The gentleman you were looking for is out of town, and I am certain that I will be able to help you.
I am Hemlock Jones, Demystifier."

Ten doors down from the home of a world famous ‘consulting detective’ lives twelve-year-old Hemlock Jones, and her recently arrived housemate and unwitting companion, Edward Whitlow.

Hemlock and Edward’s investigations will lead them all over Victorian London, uncovering bizarre and deadly foes, figures from Hemlock’s hidden past, and a plot to take over the city ...

Hemlock Jones & The Angel of Death is the first of the Hemlock Jones Chronicles, a series of detective adventures for children and adults, set in Victorian London.
- Back Cover Blurb

"Is this your first time dining at The Fern?"
- First sentence, Before My Involvement

She had pulled up the dented tin plate of the soldier's face and was looking intently at what looked, to me, like the internal workings of a rather complicated clock.
- Memorable Moment, Page 40

SOURCE: Received from the author with thanks.

READ FOR: Not applicable.

MY THOUGHTS: A twelve year old girl demystifier? 

Hmm, you may well be sceptical but as Hemlock herself informs us ..

What these adults don't understand is that children like us can get in almost anywhere ...

I love good strong female leads and Hemlock Jones is no exception. Determined, resourceful if a little  opinionated and haughty. A great rival to Sherlock himself, altogether I thought her both a wonderful character and role model. Edward, her side-kick, the Watson to her Holmes, a somewhat reluctant partner in crime. It's refreshing to see the girls on top. 

Then there's the case. I won't say too much for fear of a spoiler but, with its mysterious and seemingly deadly apparition and clockwork assassins, what's not to like?

A great first outing, Hemlock Jones & The Angel Of Death is definitely up there as one of my favourite reads of 2017, in what I hope to be many adventures. I loved the whimsical writing and how the author brought to life not only his not quite teenage protagonists but also Victorian London


Kelly said...

This sounds like a book/series which has a lot going for it. Great review, Tracy! I'll certainly keep it in mind.

Suko said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this book so much. It sounds like it's fascinating in many ways. Terrific review, Tracy! I will keep this book in mind.

Anonymous said...

I think I would emjoy both
the strong leading lady and
the story very much. As your
excellent and enthusiastic
review convinced me to add
the book to my list.

Melliane said...

This one looks good and I confess that I didn't even know about it

Literary Feline said...

This sounds really good, Tracy! Adding it straight to my wish list.

Aunt Mary said...

Hello Tracy,
Happy new year to you...
I enjoyed reading your review,the book sounds interesting.
Have a great day dear:)

Gina R said...

Sounds awesome! A great pick for younger readers, but with appeal for an older audience as well (*raises hand*). Thanks for the share!