The Sherlock Society by James Ponti

Posted May 22, 2024 by jrsbookr in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

by James Ponti
The Sherlock Society by James PontiThe Sherlock Society Series: Sherlock Society #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 3, 2024
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories, Juvenile Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
Pages: 352
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In the tradition of Nancy Drew, four kids and one grandfather in Miami tackle a decades-old mystery in this first book in the action-packed and funny Sherlock Society middle grade series from New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award–winning author James Ponti!

Siblings Alex and Zoe Sherlock take their last name as inspiration when choosing a summer job. After all, starting a detective agency has to be better than babysitting (boring), lawn mowing (sweaty), or cleaning out the attic (boring and sweaty). Their friends Lina, an avid bookworm, and Yadi, an aspiring cinematographer, join the enterprise, and Alex and Zoe’s retired reporter grandfather offers up his sweet aquamarine Cadillac convertible and storage unit full of cold cases.

The group’s first target is the long-lost treasure supposedly hidden near their hometown Miami. Their investigation into the local doings of famed gangster Al Capone leads them to a remote island in the middle of the Everglades where they find alarming evidence hinting at corporate corruption.

Together with Grandpa’s know-how and the kids’ intelligence—plus some really slick gadgets—can the Sherlock Society root out the conspiracy?


If you have a mystery lover who wants more in-depth information about their middle-grade mystery novels, I highly recommend James Ponti. Every book I have read by this author has been thoroughly filled with factual details woven into a fictional middle-grade mystery. James Ponti takes the mystery of what happened to Al Capone’s money. He leads you on a history lesson, but what the kids uncover while tracking this treasure brings to light real-life activities and how to handle them if you encounter them. I wanted to do what was hard and right versus ignoring the situation and thinking someone else would handle it. I learned a lot about Al Capone but also learned a lot about the Florida Everglades and illegal dumping, and I had a thrilling time reading the story. I highly recommend this for kids interested in history, who like mysteries, and those who want to stand up for the environment. This book lived up to james pontil’s expectations: excellent writing, fantastic plot, excitement, and children with incredible potential and abilities.

About James Ponti

James Ponti is the New York Times Bestselling author of three Middle Grade book series: the all-new CITY SPIES, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team; The Edgar Award-winning FRAMED! series, about a pair of Sherlockian tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, D.C.; and the DEAD CITY trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan.

He is also an Emmy-nominated television writer and producer who has worked for many networks including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, History Channel, Spike TV, and the Golf Channel. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.