The Future Door
By Jason Lethcoe
In volume 2 of this Sherlock Holmes knockoff series for kids, Griffin Sharpe is deemed “the world’s most secret detective” and he and his uncle Rupert Snodgrass find themselves traveling through time through the use of a time machine in the form of a teapot invented by the uncle to battle the ever evil and sneaky Professor Moriarty.
While I enjoyed the definite “Holmes’ flavor of this juvenile literature’s setting, I found myself putting off finishing it after I had gotten into the first few chapters. One problem was that the character’s names seemed misapplied. Rupert, the name of the uncle, seemed more fitting for the younger detective, and Griffin seemed an older name. The passing of twenty-five years in one descriptive chapter dragged my attention down as well. Despite these obstacles, The Future Door is a nice read for youngsters. Especially Holmes aficionados who may have difficulty trudging through the verbiage of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Conan Doyle, who wrote two centuries back, which may present a time travel problem of a different kind.
I received a complimentary copy of The Future Door from Thomas Nelson publishers in return for my honest opinion about the book.