Format: Paperback, ARC
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) : 4
What did you like about the book? The book title, “Who Killed Darius Drake?” sets the stage for a classic mystery featuring two unlikely friends. Darius Drake and Arthur “Bash Man” find themselves on a quest to uncover a mystery sparked by a troubling note Darius receives at the orphanage where he lives. Arthur is known as the school bully and tough guy, Darius is the school genius and socially awkward, but as they continue to dig deeper to determine who is threatening Darius, they forge a friendship. Once the two begin to uncover pieces of the mystery, including the location of a priceless diamond necklace, there is no turning back. Philbrick creates relatable characters and a classic mystery that keep the reader hooked until they reach the “who-did-it” ending.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It became a little bit of a challenge to keep the supporting characters straight as the story progressed, but this is also part of developing a compelling mystery.
To whom would you recommend this book? Mystery readers
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes for fans of Philbrick and mystery readers.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Jennifer Brown, Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, MA