Friday, February 5, 2016

Wild Boy & the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones

Wild Boy and the Black TerrorWild Boy, completely covered in fur, escaped from a freak show in book one of the series and solved a murder mystery to keep himself out of jail. He now lives in a castle with Clarissa, his best friend, but most the Gentlemen, guardians of the queen, think they're more trouble than they're worth. However, the queen herself asks Wild Boy and Clarissa for help in solving the mystery behind several strange deaths. It seems the people are literally being frightened to death! Their investigation leads to a huge black diamond and a deadly curse that follows it. Wild Boy doesn't believe in curses, but will that save his mentor after the man is paralyzed in terror!

I did not read the first book in the series, but I don't think it was necessary to enjoy this one. I plan to go back and read it though! I always enjoy a good mystery, but I really like the main characters. Wild Boy isn't able to move about freely in society because of his freakish appearance and the fact that the public believes he's a murderer. However, he's learned to watch people very carefully and come to remarkable conclusions, kind of like Sherlock Holmes in a beastly body. Clarissa is almost the opposite. She's sneaky and agile, but she's very impulsive. She always wants to steal things or pick fights with others. The two of them make an odd, but effective, detective team. I didn't think I'd like this book so much after reading a summary of it, but I can definitely recommend it to mystery lovers.

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