Knightley and Son, by Rohan Gavin (published 2014)
Dressed in a Donegal tweed walking hat and a herringbone coat, Darkus Knightley visits his Dad every week to discuss Knightley senior’s cases; Knightley senior worked as a private detective and, when he wakes up from the coma he has been in for the last four years, he finds he has a new partner – his thirteen year old son. Now that he is awake Alan Knightley can actually participate in the discussions and he has to admit Darkus’ ideas cannot be ignored; in fact, Darkus’ intellect is so advanced only one other person can compete with him – his stepsister Tilly, whose help is vital for solving the case.
Together they face the most difficult case Alan Knightley ever faced as a private eye– an elusive crime syndicate named the Combination and the detectives find that their opponent is stopping at nothing to avoid being caught.
This is a classic detective novel 2.0 for the 21st century and Knightley and Son is a well-written, fast-paced and witty novel and I hope it will get all the readers it deserves. I know this book is for 9-12 year olds, but let’s not be ageist but enjoy a good read wherever we find it. Does a label of “suitable for 9-12 year-olds” mean I shouldn’t read it if I’m thirteen or even older?