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Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
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Dec 16, 08


Re-envisioning “Hamlet” as a murder mystery set in Appalachia is fetching enough, but what kept me reading is the engaging and complicated protagonist Horatio Wilkes.

Horatio is flat-out hilarious as a snarky detective who manages to get himself into quite a mess as he tries to uncover who murdered his best friend Hamilton Prince’s father. He's a control freak and a teetotaller. Between getting sucker punched by the Prince family’s hired help and pining for Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend, Horatio has a way of ticking off nearly everyone, except maybe the ladies. But he’s no Romeo. Hamilton takes on that bad boy job with his brooding and self-destructive downward spiral. A fun, fun read!

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