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Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning

by A.J. Low

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Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong/Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning by AJ Low

These are the first two books in the Sherlock Sam series, and were provided to me by the publisher in a two-in-one set.

Samuel Tan Cher Lock, aka Sherlock Sam, is the “Greatest Boy Detective in Singapore”, so says his best friend Jimmy. In the first book of the Sherlock Sam series, Sam, his friends, and his trusty robot sidekick, Watson, are on the search for a missing cookbook. The cookbook is a treasured heirloom belonging to Auntie Kim Lian, but more importantly, Auntie can’t make Sam her delicious ayam buah keluak without it!
In the second book, Jimmy is excited to find an unknown sallyport (Jimmy port!) during a class trip to Fort Canning. That is until the ghostly moans start. Can Sherlock Sam and Watson convince his friends (and possibly his father) that ghosts aren’t real?

These books are a lot of fun, and educational to boot. The author shares Singaporean customs and culture, and kiddos who consult the glossary of the book may pick up some Chinese. Additionally, Sam and his dad love science, and there are several science-y teaching moments throughout each book. The mysteries are low key, with little to no danger quotient. Sam has a great relationship with his father, which especially shines through in the second book, as they go to Fort Canning together to investigate the ghostly moans. Sam’s sidekick robot, Watson, has a dry sense of humor which he dispenses in robotic tones and somehow that makes his jabs at Sam even funnier. I would recommend this book to any kiddo who enjoys mysteries that are more intellectual and less “scary”.
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  khaddox | Feb 6, 2017 |
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The adventures of Sherlock Sam continue! Together with his loyal sidekick robot Watson, Sherlock Sam is fast becoming Singapore s Greatest Kid Detective! In Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning, mysterious sounds fill the air at one of Singapore's most-loved historical attractions. Ghosts don't exist, or do they? Will this mystery prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam to solve?

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