After a fall semester of fiascos: getting arrested, then kidnapped, then blown up in an explosion (all thanks to the weird but brilliant Philip Digby), Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring. Now that Digby has left town, she’s finally built a regular high school life for herself. She’s dating Miles, the alternate QB; she knows girls she considers friends; she’s learning to enjoy being normal and semi-popular. Which of course is when Digby comes back: He’s got a new lead on his missing sister and he needs Zoe’s help.
Suddenly Zoe is tussling with a billionaire arch-villain, locking horns with armed goons, and digging into what makes the Digby family tick, even as she tries to navigate the confusing and emotionally fraught world of high school politics and locker-room drama. After all, it’s hard to explain Digby to a boy like Miles, especially when Zoe isn’t sure how she feels about Digby herself—or how he feels about her.
Now that Digby’s back, get ready for another hilarious whodunit filled with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic, dynamic duo you’ve ever met. And just try to stay out of trouble.
We dare you.
Discovering my love of Sherlock was something that stemmed from my obsession with Doctor Who, and ever since I found out about how much I adored this sociopathic, completely brilliant, but also adorably oblivious consulting detective, I knew my love couldn’t be confined to just watching the BBC series. I mean, when you have to wait three years between series, you’ve undeniably got to quench your thirst for the dynamic duo elsewhere. Sometimes rewatching the old episodes just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need new stories with Sherlock and John, or even with these iconic characters reimagined.
The first book (or series, really) that I read which involved a reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters was Every Breath by Ellie Marney. To this day, I still get all heart-eye emojis about this series and Rachel and Mycroft and their crime-solving adventures. That series was one of the very first #LoveOzYA novels I read and it was recommended to me by my writing teacher and judge of the Scarlet Stiletto Awards, a crime-writing short story competition for women writers in Australia. I just completely fell in love with the lives of Rachel and Mycroft and I adored their relationship, and I’m still recommending it to people today.
And then I read Trouble is a Friend of Mine, another crime series that revolves around characters that are based off Conan Doyle’s imaginings and involves looking for clues, solving crimes, and has an air of mystery about it which will make it impossible to put down. Whether you love Sherlock already and want to enhance your obsession, or you don’t really know much about Sherlock but enjoy crime / mystery novels, you should definitely check out Trouble is a Friend of Mine.
Since it had been a while since I read Trouble is a Friend of Mine before launching into Trouble Makes a Comeback, I’d actually forgotten how much I loved Zoe and Digby. They’re both such loveable, quirky characters and I adored their relationship. If you shipped these two cuties in the first novel, then wait until you get your hands on this one. Although there is a love-triangle and normally I detest anything with a love-triangle, the way this one was written didn’t seem fake or forced, and it really added enjoyment to the story. Seeing these three try to interact was so endearing, and the whole novel was just a lot of fun.
Although Zoe and Digby aren’t explicitly referred to as characters that are based off Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, the way they work together and solve mysteries can’t help but emit that same feel. I loved seeing the deductions that Digby made and found that Zoe’s responses were often similar to what John would say in BBC Sherlock. Their interactions were so fun to watch, and now I’m desperate to get my hands on the third book in the series! If you’re a fan of crime / mystery novels and are looking for one with two snippy, amusing protagonists, I highly recommend checking out this series.
Besides these two series, I’m disappointed to say that I haven’t really read many other Sherlock-esque YA novels that really grabbed me. I’ve heard a few good things about A Study in Charlotte, but I haven’t had the time to pick that one up yet. So I need some recommendations! What are some of your favourite YA crime / mystery novels? Have you read Every Breath or Trouble is a Friend of Mine and can recommend some books that are similar to those ones? GIVE ME ALL THE RECS!
Have you read either Every Breath or Trouble is a Friend of Mine? Do you watch BBC Sherlock, or have you seen any other Sherlock Holmes shows or movies? What do you think of the new series of Sherlock? Do you have any good crime novel recommendations for me? Fangirl about Sherlock Holmes with me!
Thanks to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of Trouble Makes a Comeback in exchange for an honest review!