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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Scotland Yard is worried. Loch Ness' most famous serpent has not been seen for many years. It's missing and everyone is worried. They have no idea what to do or where to look. So they contact the Lucky Penny Detectives, or more precisely Olivia and Jenny, to help them out. Happy to help, the detective team set off in their Super Transducer Blaster which can literally go anywhere and very quickly, too. After searching the waters in Loch Ness, they discover a very unsavory character who operates a zoo of sorts, kidnapping and selling sea creatures of all shapes and sizes. They can't find the famous serpent, but they are suspicious, so they follow the clues into a deep underwater cave that leads them to a lake in Idaho ... and an awesome tale is unravelled.
Craig Vroom has written a charming detective story for young readers in Discovering Sharlie, all written in rhyme. The lyrical passages are very catchy and quirky and the story moves along with great pizzazz. Discovering Sharlie: Case of the Missing Sea Serpent (Lucky Penny Detective Adventures Book 1) is just the first in what will be a delightful series of rhyming detective stories, all very colorfully illustrated. This story certainly captures the imagination of the young reader as well as teaching them something about deductive reasoning, life in the sea, and the famous sea serpent of Loch Ness, all very cleverly done. Stories like this make reading such a pleasure and will certainly inspire young readers to read more. This is a charming mystery story told in rhyme with colorful illustrations.