Fans of the series will enjoy another outing.



From the Devlin Quick Mysteries series , Vol. 3

Ahoy! It’s pirate treasure for a city sleuth.

New York City preteen sleuth Devlin Quick, white, and her African-American best friend, Booker Dibble, are spending part of their summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard at Booker’s grandmother’s home. They form a threesome with Booker’s 8-year-old cousin, Ezekiel. In previous titles Dev and Booker solved the mystery of a missing map at the New York Public Library (Into the Lion’s Den, 2016) and mayhem involving dinosaur bones at the Museum of Natural History (Digging for Trouble, 2017). This summer vacation is not all fun and games, though; Dev has a school assignment involving water samples and fish DNA. But then scientific exploration gives way to pirate adventure when Dev finds a gold doubloon. Dev, the daughter of New York’s police commissioner, knows how to handle the coin to best preserve any evidence of ownership, and that ownership could go back to a pirate “who buried all his treasure…on Martha’s Vineyard.” Fairstein’s narrative is peppered with factoids about the Wampanoags and the history of African-Americans on Martha’s Vineyard, book references, gender equality, good detective work, and bullying. Pirates, lost treasure, and pirate descendants round out the tale. Dev stays completely focused on determining proprietorship of the coin—a whodunit that, back home, takes her and Booker to a coin show at the Chelsea Piers in New York for a splashy finale.

Fans of the series will enjoy another outing. (Mystery. 9-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-399-18649-3

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2018

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Written in workhorse prose, it’s an amiable enough read.


The prolific king of the beach read is back with an intergenerational mystery for the 9-to-12-year-old set.

Ali Cross, the son of Patterson’s most famous creation, African American homicide detective Alex Cross, is “starting to think the worst might have happened” to his mixed-race friend Gabriel “Gabe” Qualls, who disappeared on Dec. 21 and hasn’t been heard from as of Christmas Eve, when the book opens. Ali offers an impromptu prayer for Gabe at the pre-holiday service at his all-black church as well as an impromptu press conference outside of it as journalists and paparazzi confront Alex about his alleged coma-inducing assault of a murder suspect’s father. Then someone robs the Crosses’ home that night along with four other homes; the Crosses’ Christmas gifts are stolen. Ali, obsessed with finding Gabe and feeling that these events will distract his dad and the police from searching for him, starts his own investigation—complete with looking at some contraband footage of Gabe’s unusually loaded backpack obtained by Ali’s stepmother, also a cop—and questioning his school and gaming pals, a diverse group. Writing in Ali’s voice with occasional cutaways to third-person chapters that follow Alex, Patterson sprinkles the narrative with pop-culture references even as he takes readers through the detective process.

Written in workhorse prose, it’s an amiable enough read. (Mystery. 9-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 25, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-316-53041-5

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff


From the Shelby Holmes series , Vol. 1

A modern Sherlock Holmes retelling brings an 11-year-old black John Watson into the sphere of know-it-all 9-year-old white detective Shelby Holmes.

John's an Army brat who's lived in four states already. Now, with his parents' divorce still fresh, the boy who's lived only on military bases must explore the wilds of Harlem. His new life in 221A Baker St. begins inauspiciously, as before he's even finished moving in, his frizzy-haired neighbor blows something up: "BOOM!" But John's great at making friends, and Shelby certainly seems like an interesting kid to know. Oddly loquacious, brusque, and extremely observant, Shelby's locally famous for solving mysteries. John’s swept up in her detecting when a wealthy, brown-skinned classmate enlists their help in the mysterious disappearance of her beloved show dog, Daisy. Whatever could have happened to the prizewinning Cavalier King Charles spaniel? Has she been swiped by a jealous competitor? Has Daisy’s trainer—mysteriously come into enough money to take a secret weekend in Cozumel—been placing bets against his own dog? Brisk pacing, likable characters, a few silly Holmes jokes ("I'm Petunia Cumberbatch," says Shelby while undercover), and a diverse neighborhood, carefully and realistically described by John, are ingredients for success.

A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff . (Mystery. 9-11)

Pub Date: Sept. 6, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-68119-051-8

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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