After stumbling upon a secret compartment in the cabin of their grandfather David McLean, seven cousins decide to investigate its mysterious contents and find out who their grandfather really was.
It falls to DJ to travel to England to investigate his grandfather’s alter ego, Nigel Finch. With only a fake passport, encrypted pages from his grandfather’s journal and a stack of British pound notes, DJ hopes to figure out whether David McLean was a slightly eccentric former businessman or a spy with connections to an infamous group of traitors. Thankfully, DJ’s friend Doris is not only a genial host with a drop-dead gorgeous granddaughter and a priceless vintage Jaguar, but a member of a Sherlock Holmes group that is able to assist him in breaking his grandfather’s secret code. Unfortunately, his newfound knowledge puts him directly in the cross hairs of some deadly adversaries. Part Holmes-ian mystery and part James Bond adventure, DJ’s quest requires both intellect and an unflappable resolve. While the series promises it can be read in any order, DJ’s story is the most complete narrative, providing a framework for the other six. Occasional red herrings are the only misstep in this otherwise solid nod to the British spy and mystery legacy.
A fast-paced, enjoyable entrée to this mystery/adventure series. (Mystery. 10-14)