Elementary, My Dear Watts

Every Breath is the first in a series of young adult crime novels by Australian author Ellie Marney. Niav wrote a post on this book back in January of 2014, but I read the book myself and have a few things to say about it.

It follows seventeen-year-olds Rachel Watts, recently uprooted from the country to come live in inner-city Melbourne, and her neighbour, the troubled genius, James Mycroft.

At the beginning of the book, Mycroft and Watts find one of Mycroft’s friends dead. When the police lose interest in the murder of the vagrant, these two teenagers decide to take things into their own hands.

In case you didn’t know, I really like crime novels, so I loved Every Breath. It was refreshing to read a murder mystery with teenage characters directed at young people, as opposed to another young adult dystopian trilogy, or a murder mystery for adults. While the Mycroft and Watts’ relationship was clichéd at times, it was also hilariously awkward and enjoyable to read about.

This book will be very enjoyable for fans of the TV series Sherlock.

5/5

About Jonathan

Jonathan is fourteen years old and in Year 10 at Glenunga International High School. He has been with the 10-14 year old Young Writers Group since its inception. He enjoys attending the meetings and taking part in the discussions about writing, as well as reading a wide range of young adult and teenage fiction books by a number of different authors. He is currently working his way through Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. When he is not reading, writing, or blogging, Jonathan plays the trumpet and is a part of the 2nd Adelaide Scout Group. He happily goes to Mitcham Square with his mum but only if he gets to look in Mostly Books while she is grocery shopping.

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