Quest for the King’s Crown
Last Chance Detectives #6/7*
by Robert Vernon
My rating: 4 / 5
Genre: Children’s Christian mystery, adventure
Mysterious strangers and very old skeletons launch the Last Chance Detectives into another case, this time searching for treasure!
This series takes place in the mid-90s, though I sometimes think the author takes some liberty with the technology available at the time. Still, this story was fun, with some twists and turns that kept it interesting. There are some things that happen that I felt were unlikely enough to lower the rating by a star, because while kids may not pick up on those issues, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a story with a tighter plot. I also think the kids themselves and their personalities take a bit of a backseat to the grander plot, but overall, it was a good addition to the series. I was leery of new books being written after so long, but now I’m glad to be able to read more about these young detectives from the 90s and really hope the author is planning more, especially considering the tiny crumb we’re given about Mike’s missing dad in this book.
Thank you to Netgalley and Tyndale House Publishers/Focus on the Family for providing me a copy of this book to review.
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Publication date: November 8, 2022
*There were 3 books in the series originally, back in the 90s, and then a prequel came out in 2004. For some reason, when the first more recent book was published in 2021, the first one was labeled as book #5 in the series, I guess making the prequel the new #1 and pushing the rest a book later. But the early ones are still labeled as 1-3 in many places, so now it’s just kind of a mess…
If you’ve read this book, or read it in the future, feel free to let me know what you think!