Title : Howl at the Moon
Author : L.A. Starkey
Published : 28th February 2015
Publisher : Patchwork Press
Source : Netgalley
Purchase : Amazon/ BookDepository/ iTunes
Eighth graders, Ben, Jake and Leah need cash, and mowing lawns in the winter just isn’t cutting it. Their need for cash births the Liarus (Liars R Us) Detective Agency! Their first client is Old Lady Smitz, who is said to have murdered her three sons and husband. She’s missing a family heirloom, but it’s not just any old trinket, it’s the crest of Lykoi. There are only two rules: No girls are allowed and never seal a deal with the witch doctor. Disregarding danger, these three discover that money is usually more trouble than it’s worth!
My Thoughts :
This was a fun and adventurous read!!
When Jake suggests that they get a job for the summer, to earn money, Ben is hesitant. Then Jake says that they should become private detectives and he has found their first job. So Ben, Jake and their friend Leah form the trio known as Liarus Detective Agency! Their first job is to find a missing family heirloom. They are only given a few days to find it though, because it has to be back to it's owner before the full moon. What follows is a whole world that the gang never knew existed.
First off, isn't that cover awesome!! I love everything about it and it ties into the book perfectly. Ben and his glowing tattoos, the wolf in the graveyard and the creepiness!! Love it.
This was such a fun read. So many times I found myself laughing out loud at the antics and thoughts of the boys! The author did an amazing job of writing boys! Jake is a big bear of a guy and he was hilarious at times with his slagging off of Ben. Ben was fun as well but he did seem to be the more responsible of them. I loved his inner struggle with the feelings he seems to have for Leah. It was so cute but also realistic. All the characters were well written and developed and easy to connect with.
The plot was fun as well. I loved the mystery and suspense and really enjoyed the supernatural element. The history behind the missing trinket was really fascinating and I loved finding out about it along with the team.
Overall this is a fun and enjoyable read. I do hope there is more from these lovable characters and fun world!!! I know my sons would really enjoy this and have no trouble recommending it.