Monday, 3 June 2013

Peregrine Harker & The Black Death

HAPPY RELEASE DAY........ Entertaining .............. but not quite. Presenting Peregrine Harker & The Black Death by Luke Hollands.

Here is the summary of the book:-

Peregrine Harker is about to learn you're never too young to die.

London 1908: A secret society stalks the murky streets, a deadly assassin lurks in the shadows and a series of unexplained deaths are linked by a mystery symbol…

When boy-detective Peregrine Harker stumbles across a gruesome murder he sparks a chain of events that drag him on a rip-roaring journey through a world of spluttering gas lamps, thick fog, deadly secrets and dastardly villains.

Every step of Peregrine’s white-knuckle adventure brings him closer to the vile heart of a terrifying mystery – the true story behind the Brotherhood of the Black Death.

This is an advanced review and while I won't spoil the engaging plot......... but DON'T GIVE THE FIRST CHAPTER MUCH THOUGH......... it is an exogenous part of the tale.

This is the story of Peregrine Harker, boy journalist, adventurous, curious to the bone and easily distracted from the task at hand because of it, leading him on a merry chase and cracking and putting a stop to the infernal plans of a dangerous enemy.........

In a way Peregrine is a lot like Tintin but the outward appearance, character and job description are the only point after which the similarity ends. But the book definitely does not disappoint and the one reason why I like this book was because of Peregrine's vivid imagination....... his boss tells him to submit a story on the rising prices of tea (God forbid if something happened to that commodity) but instead he gets caught in the biggest smuggling racket in the history of the Empire.....

I loved how Luke Hollands just keeps the action coming.... there is no room for slacking for the young and energetic.... Although I'd say this, I hoped that a bit more depth have been provided to his character and not the boy wonder with a penchant for trouble...... Hopefully there will be more adventures for Harker in the future.

"Thrilling and mysterious ..... it has potentials but still not a favorite though"

Genre :      Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

Publisher: Sparkling Books

My Copy Publisher and netgalley

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)


  1. A dark Tin Tin? Hmmm. Not too sure what there target market is, should be interesting. :-D

  2. I haven't heard of this book before, but I do like the sound of it and the book's cover. Great review! :)

  3. I love how an assignment about the inflation of tea costs lead to discovering a smuggling racket! Imaginative books are always the most fun! It's too bad there was little depth to the characters.



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