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Something rotten : a Horatio Wilkes mystery…

Something rotten : a Horatio Wilkes mystery (udgave 2007)

af Alan Gratz

Serier: Horatio Wilkes Mysteries (book 1)

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In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince's father in Denmark, Tennessee.
Titel:Something rotten : a Horatio Wilkes mystery
Forfattere:Alan Gratz
Info:New York, NY : Dial Books, c2007.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The character of Horatio Wilkes is the detective in this mystery by Alan Gratz. Something Rotten is about Horatio's friend, Hamilton Prince whose father has just died under suspicious circumstances. Hamilton suspects his step father who is also his uncle, and he asks Horatio to stay with him for the summer and investigate his father's death. Lots of red herrings make this an interesting mystery. My only complaint about the story was the fact that Heratio's character just seems too knowledgeable to be a teenager, but overall this is a satisfying mystery. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Great fun! A modern retelling of Hamlet, as a noir-ish murder mystery. (And with a happier ending.) Our narrator is high school senior Horatio Wilkes (and there are fun injokes about his name), who is visiting his best friend Hamilton Prince (get it, yuk yuk), a rich playboy whose father died two months ago and whose uncle Claude quickly married Hamilton's grieving mother. Hamilton's received a videotape of his dad before he died, saying he's been murdered (I love this modern way of having a "ghost" speak from the dead!) and wants Horatio to help him find out who killed his dad. There's also the Ophelia-equivalent character, Olivia, who is Hamilton's ex-girlfriend and who wants to stop the Prince family factory ("Elsinore" tee hee) from spewing more poisons into the river. I love Gratz's Samurai Shortstop, and this one was also excellent; I hope it's the start of a series (doesn't have to be Shakespearean, I loved the smart alecky main character and his pop culture references).

reviewed in 2008 ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
A retelling of Hamlet that can keep high school students attention. The author did a fairly good job of setting the original play in modern times. Don't expect a masterful work, realize it is meant for a teen audience, and you won't be disappointed. ( )
  lmsgirl | Dec 11, 2013 |
In this hard-boiled teen retelling of Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes spends a summer in the small-town home of his buddy Hamilton Prince. The Prince family runs a paper plant which is currently undergoing scrutiny for pollution. On top of that controversy, Hamilton's father has just passed away, and his mother just married her dead husband's brother. When Hamilton gets a video from his dead father claiming that he'd been poisoned, Horatio promises to root out the murderer. Something is rotten in the town of Denmark, Tennessee.

This little mystery was funny (though neo-noir isn't my usual type of humor, I still got a few chuckles). The plot is pretty straight-forward if you already know the story of Hamlet, so I felt very little suspense - on the other hand, it was interesting to see how Gratz played around with the story to make it more appropriate to younger audiences. He managed to stay true to the events in the play, but made it more realistic and less tragic. There are a few Shakespeare quotes thrown in which made me roll my eyes and groan, but in a "good" way. I'd say this book is appropriate for 11-15 year olds. ( )
  The_Hibernator | Mar 28, 2013 |
A fun and frivolous read based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Horatio Wilkes decides to spend the summer with his wealthy best friend Hamilton Prince. Over witty banter and funny one-liners the two uncover a mystery behind Hamilton's father's death. Together they uncover the mystery and reveal Hamilton's uncle Claude's vengeful plot to take over the paper empire.

Although not the best written novel, I enjoyed the sarcastic humor and seeing how Gratz would give this play a modern twist. I think this book would be a good complement to the classic, giving young adults something relatable to compare to the complex Shakespeare original. ( )
  HMP11 | Mar 1, 2012 |
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