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The Holmes and Watson Mysterious Events and Objects Consortium: The Case of the Witch’s Talisman by Elmore Hammes - Mini Book Review

The Holmes and Watson Mysterious Events and Objects Consortium: The Case of the Witch’s Talisman begins with a dead squirrel. Wait! It’s a missing dead squirrel and the two twelve year-old friends, Ginny and Kevin, at the heart of the novel just know something fishy is happening in their neighborhood as their consortium is the Harriet the Spy of their small town. They record questionable activities in a journal kept in their clubhouse headquarters. As Ginny and Kevin begin to follow the clues to several missing animals, the unwittingly become entangled with a witch bent on returning to power.

The characters are age appropriate, the story moves fairly quickly and the premise is good. There are some good themes running through the story. I think it would work well around the nine-year-old age range. The difficulty I found in reading this story was with the dialogue. It was just too wooden (very George Lucas-like). Something wasn’t believable. The story was there. The execution was lacking. A good editor might have polished this into a four.

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