Did you know that Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s muse for Sherlock Holmes was actually a cat? Well, I believe it was anyway, for aren’t we kitties the muses for most good things that humans create and stories they tell?! OK, do I know if Sir Arthur actually had a cat? No, I do not, but I bet he was influenced by kitties that may have hung out in his neighborhood if he did not have one of his own. Sir Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries have inspired others to pen books, and to write for TV and film. Mom remembers watching “Basil Rathbone” portray Sherlock Holmes in the early, black-and-white films, and “Robert Downey, Jr.” transforming into the sleuth on the big screen in more recent years. But they have nothing on my Tabby cat furr-iend, Herman, who could teach them a thing or two! You see, I believe Herman is the REAL deal – Sherlock Holmes, err “Sherlock Herms”, much as a cat was back in Sir Arthur’s time. And I think the author would’ve been thrilled to read Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries: The Case of the Dancing Ghosts just as I am thrilled to review it here.
Valentine’s Review of Sherlock Herms: Paranormal Mysteries
Summing It Up
Fitted with a long, ginger-and-white coat, Herman is a cat with a keen knack for knowing and observing what others do not. He reimagines the attic in his family’s old house as an office of a private detective from a by-gone era and himself as its lead detective Sherlock Herms. His kid sisfur, Dori, seems to appoint herself as an instant partner, much to “Hwermie’s” initial chagrin. And Herm’s other fursibs find a way to include themselves, even if in small parts, in the small business – the Wonderpurr Detective Agency. As the clock ticks away on the opening day of the agency, a human finally calls on Herman and Dori, becoming their first official paying client. But the case involves possible paranormal activity and not really the type of work Herman has in mind if he wants to be a bonafide detective. Despite Herman’s hesitations, he and Dori set off to investigate, traveling through time in a craft especially outfitted for the adventure that would make “007” envious. They encounter a rattled lady that seems to hate cats, an old mansion, a Persian rug, and dancing ghosts. It is up to Hermie and Dori to look for clues – a staircase, odd music, a secret room, and POISON?! And all the while, Hermie tries to resolve insecurities that he may not measure up to the famous detectives – legends – of the literary or Hollywood sort, and may not even be cut out for detective work at all. He does not share his sisfur’s enthusiasm about ghost hunting. In addition, he worries that his author Mom has replaced him with his brofur, as her new muse in his absence. Will Hermie’s agency sink before it ever gets afloat? What happens if the “pink button” is pushed? Will Dori starve? Who is the ghost? What really happened to Christina? And of course, I can’t tell you. That is for you to find out.
This is a purr-leasure to read. It is pawsitively a thrill! I found it to be such a “wonderpurr” escape from the V-E-T appointment that Mom scheduled for me with Dr. Frick n’ Frack. I love the dialogue between Sherlock Herms and Dori. I love that Herms always watches out for her and how she encourages him along on their adventure. I want to tag along with them and see all the flashy lights as we tunnel forward or backward in time! My curiosity of the mysteries of the world is heightened! If Herman ever takes on a case on the west coast, maybe I can offer a helping paw. I am pacing the floor in anticipation of another Sherlock Herms book. After you read this one, I think you will, too. And if you like it as much as I do, follow along on more mysteries with with Herman and his siblings at Wondepurr.com.
Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries: The Case of the Dancing Ghosts, by Author Kimberley Koz is available at amazon.com. I give the book 4 out of 4 paws + a bonus tail wiggle. Note: This post was updated on 9/1/17 to include this new rating scale. Miss Kimberley, a member of the Cat Writer’s Association, features Herman also in Finding Mia.
Furr-iends, do you enjoy reading a good mystery? I would love for you to comment. Thanks for stopping by. Mew Mew!