'Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets (A Botanic Hill Detectives Mystery, #1)' by Sherrill Joseph - Review
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Genre: Middle Grade / Mystery
Rating: 2.5 stars
Thank you NetGalley and Acorn Publishing for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
As an adult, I've done my best to make up for those pre-teen years when other readers were gorging themselves on stories of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (or other like-minded mysteries that to this day I am not as well versed in as I wish I were). I've done a fairly good job with the Nancy Drew books, have greatly enjoyed them for the sake of nostalgia, and have even become a huge fan of the PC games based on the series. Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets brought back those same cozy and comfortable feels that I get whenever I pick up a Nancy Drew mystery.
Don't let the rating fool you, overall, I enjoyed the read. It's a cute mystery, with an adorable group of four young friends who go around solving cases on their parents' many travels and in their hometown. But the book was far too much like the Nancy Drew ones I've read, so much alike as a matter of fact that it was as if a template of it had been taken and the specifics altered to make it its own copy.
The story was fun to follow, but it was very simplistic. And the world around the characters is premised as a vibrant and lush setting but we barely get enough detail in it. Books for young readers can be as full and detailed as they are for adults—I think we're at a point in literature where this younger targeted audience is more than happy to become as engrossed in a heavier story as the more mature readers do.
All in all, for an easy and swift read, this is a good one to go with. Not a lot of time is spent dwelling on the culprit of the story and the mystery behind which he does what he does, but that's, again, very similar to past mysteries of of this book's ilk. Pick this one up and you will fly through it, and truly do get to meet an amusing and sweet bunch of kids who will take you on a merry little chase.