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Big Bona Ogles, Boy!: Octavius Guy and the…

Big Bona Ogles, Boy!: Octavius Guy and the Case of the Mendacious Medium…

by Michael Gallagher

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First off, I'd like to apologize to Mr. Gallagher for taking so long to read and review this book. But assuming that this will be the last of the Adventures of Octavius & Co, I wanted to wait until I was really ready for the story. And then once I started I tried to eke it out for as long as possible. Oh, how I love these books and these people!

Like the first two, this is a cracking good story. Octavius and George are on the case to both help a Spiritualist Medium and help Mrs. Crabbit. How are they connected, and why? Octopus has a heart of gold, and so much spunk! I just adore him.

I don't want to give anything away, but I wanted to say that I was captivated (as usual) by the twists and turns in the story. The writing pulls you along, urging you to turn one more page, then another, then one more, until you have finished the book. Each person in these pages is real to me, so much so that I keep having to stop myself from looking them up online - they're not really there! - and instead glomming my eyes onto the historical photos of London at the time for far longer than is advised.

Thank you so much for writing these books, and for bringing these characters to life. I have a feeling they'll always be lurking around in my head. (And, after my raving about these books to my reader of a Mom, we're doing a group read of "The Moonstone" before I lend her my Kindle to read this series.) Excellent, excellent, excellent! ( )
  LauraBrook | May 16, 2017 |
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Big Bona Ogles, Boy!: Octavius Guy and the Case of the Mendacious Medium…

I enjoyed this book a lot. It`s a very young detective in a 19th century London, with the experience we have in police tv series to be surprised is difficult, this book is really enjoyable and with a surprising ending.
It`s a good choice for young readers as well old ones like me who enjoy adventures and mystery.

highly recommended ( )
  elicarra | Mar 25, 2017 |
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Surprisingly I really enjoyed reading this book – Surprisingly because I was almost put off by the title and because it is not my favourite genre. However it was very well written with sufficient detail to transport you to the time and the place. I didn’t warm to Octavius immediately as he seemed rather to sure of himself (like a young Sherlock Holmes) but I found him more engaging as the book went on. . For me it was some of the other characters that gave the book its lift - Bertha for example and I loved the interactions with George his reluctant sidekick.
All in all, well worth a read ( )
  Suzanne289 | Feb 8, 2017 |
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I absolutely LOVE this book. I will have to read the others in the series. Octavius is a lovable detective with a fun sidekick in George. From exposing mediums to investigating murder and the veracity of an old man's will, you will eagerly go on adventures with this amazing duo. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Feb 3, 2017 |
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Well written with a tremendous amount of detail. This book transported me to Dicken's London for a mystery with a metaphysical twist. I enjoyed the trip but sometimes felt bogged down and needed timeout. ( )
  Seaside-Reader | Feb 1, 2017 |
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