The World's Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson

The World's Greatest Detective

By the end of our time together, someone in this house will be rich. Someone will be the World’s Greatest Detective. And someone, well, someone might be dead.Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s crime-solving business, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. But he sees his chan...

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The World's Greatest Detective Reviews

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 08, 2017

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central

    Toby's parents were both presumed dead after a boating accident, and after bouncing from relative to relative, he has finally landed with his Uncle Gabriel, who is a detective in the early part of the 1900s. His uncle is not a tremendously successful detective, so Toby has enrolled in Inspector Webster's Detective Course, hoping to gain some skills to help his uncle take business away from the more successful Hugh Abernathy, as well as other detectives in

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central

    Toby's parents were both presumed dead after a boating accident, and after bouncing from relative to relative, he has finally landed with his Uncle Gabriel, who is a detective in the early part of the 1900s. His uncle is not a tremendously successful detective, so Toby has enrolled in Inspector Webster's Detective Course, hoping to gain some skills to help his uncle take business away from the more successful Hugh Abernathy, as well as other detectives in their Detectives' Row neighborhood. When Abernathy announces a contest for The World's Greatest Detective, Toby applies, and pretends that his uncle is with him, but wants to be confined to his room to "think about the mystery". Toby meets Ivy, the home owner's daughter, who wants to be a detective herself. Abernathy is supposed to stage a pretend murder, but soon he is found dead... poisoned by an unknown source. Ivy and Toby, along with the other detectives who are participating, start to investigate and uncover a dastardly plot. Can the two young detectives solve the murder without becoming victims themselves?

    Given any insurmountable problem, we know that the answer to it is always TWEENS! Save the universe from aliens? Save the world from evil? Solve the mystery? Clearly, children are always more clever than adults, especially when the children are orphaned! Toby and Ivy manage to do a great job of working around the interfering adults without being two precious or precocious, and they work together well.

    The historical setting is a bit vague, although there is a women in a motoring outfit, which would put this roughly at the heyday of the traditional British murder mystery in the 1920s. This is a great way to bring in the Detective's Row as well as the detective competition. I'm never all that good at solving clues, but this offers up a number of them for the two budding sleuths to uncover in the vast house, and motivations to discern from the large cast of characters.

    This would be a good introduction to traditional mystery books by Christie and Sayers and a good follow up read for those who enjoyed Hannigan's The Detective's Assistant, Smith's The Mesmerist Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series, Stratford's The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency books and Stevens Wells and Wong Mysteries.

    As much as I enjoy these mysteries, they are a tough sell with my students, so I probably won't purchse this, especially since it's about 350 pages long.

  • Steph Heinz
    Jan 03, 2017

    With tonal similarities to A Series of Unfortunate Events, THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE embraces the tension of a murder mystery while remaining a fun adventure for younger readers. Deeper still, it tells the story of a boy plagued by personified 'trouble' and concerns far beyond his young age as Toby works to find not only a murderer, but himself and his place in the world.

  • Cara
    Jan 06, 2017

    This middle grade mystery was so fun! The characters were interesting and engaging. I was kept guessing the whole time, and just when I was sure I knew the answer, there was a dramatic twist ending that I didn't see coming at all! (Of course, as this book demonstrates, sometimes children are better detectives than grown ups.) I would recommend this to any mystery-loving child 9 and up (due to the prevalence of, of course, murder and a somewhat intense scene towards the end).

  • Tracy
    Mar 11, 2017

    Sweet. I downloaded and read it because the description reminded me of The Westing Game, one of my favorite books ever. It wasn't really the same writing style, but the charm of smart children trying to solve a mystery still makes me smile.

  • Joy
    May 19, 2017

    Witty and satisfying! I was expecting a fun adventure, but the story had a layer of emotional depth I wasn't expecting but really enjoyed. Ready for the next one.

  • Jamie Canaves
    Apr 29, 2017

    Delightful! Ten-year-old Toby Montrose has been passed around homes ever since his parents disappeared. He’s currently staying on Detectives’ Row with his uncle and fears that if something goes wrong, as it always seems to, he’ll finally be out of options and be sent to an orphanage. Being that his uncle is having a hard time getting business, as most of the detectives on the Row are, Toby decides to lie his way into a detective competition to win a good chunk of cash and hopefully solve all his

    Delightful! Ten-year-old Toby Montrose has been passed around homes ever since his parents disappeared. He’s currently staying on Detectives’ Row with his uncle and fears that if something goes wrong, as it always seems to, he’ll finally be out of options and be sent to an orphanage. Being that his uncle is having a hard time getting business, as most of the detectives on the Row are, Toby decides to lie his way into a detective competition to win a good chunk of cash and hopefully solve all his problems. Enter Ivy, a fellow child, already calling herself a detective who quite enjoys disguising and finding herself in trouble—she’s perfect! With any good mystery nothing goes as it should and Toby and Ivy find themselves partnering up which is delightful as their personalities clash and they have to prove that children are perfectly capable of being great detectives. A perfect read for fans of cozy mysteries!

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  • Tia
    May 28, 2017

    A fun read for 10 and up. Felt like a mix off Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, The Westing Game, and Clue. Sure to please a lot of junior sleuths. 😊

  • Jamie
    Jun 14, 2017

    I expected to enjoy this book, and I did. I expected a slightly predicable mystery, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this author does not underestimate children. The clues were all there, but there was so much more to the story. I stayed up until 2:00 AM finishing the book because the characters mattered to me and I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until their story was resolved.

    My daughter has read (and loves) Carlson's pirate series. It is now on my must read list.

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