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Knightley & Son

(Knightley & Son #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  204 reviews
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy t ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 2nd 2014)
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book calls the characters 'quirky', which made me nervous. Quirky can mean a lot of things, but it usually means that the characters are completely one-dimensional, but have some weird quirk that they talk about endlessly that's supposed to make them seem more interesting.

I can safely report that KNIGHTLEY & SONS contains characters who are quirky in very real, funny, and interesting ways. Alan Knightley is a slightly affected, calculating, Sherlock Holmes type, and his son Dar
Stacy Lynn
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a thirteen-year-old boy named "Darkus Knightley" with the habit of reading top-secret files hidden in his bedroom and the brainpower of every smart person in the world combined; he doesn't sound ordinary does he? Well that's because he's not. He's the son of "Alan Knightley" who used to be London's top detective, and a man who has been in a coma for four years after a mysterious incident. He wakes up one day, discovering that his own son has inherited his talent for solving my ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, I'm just 30 pages into this book, but I can already say I didn't think it'd be this good. I, unfortunately, almost always judge a book by its cover, or at least at first. It's the first impression I get. So the flashlight immediately warded me off, but then I read the description and decided to try it (albeit cautiously).

It's a little like the Secret Series, in that it has this aloof but lovable main character. The action starts right off at the prologue, but then calms down as you see the s
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think in the hands of the right reader, this would be an enjoyable little mystery--but it just wasn't my cup of tea. The whole "caper mystery" is great for some, but I like my mysteries a little more thrilling. This one didn't have much excitement for me, and it took a lot of effort to finish. I know that Darkus is meant to be an odd, eccentric 13-year-old, but he was REALLY hard to relate to and care about. The most interesting character, Tilly, didn't get NEAR enough page time, and I'm still ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery, dnf
**DNFed at 113 pages**

Review to come. (I WROTE NOTES! *laughs manically*)

ETA: I lost the notes.
Abi Elphinstone
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The plot is filled with tension (‘a light scratching intruded on the uppermost frequencies of his hearing… A clearly audible click, followed by the faint sound of something softly crushing the fabric of the carpeted stairs’) and intrigue – and Gavin intelligently plants a series of clues that will draw readers further and further into the case. There is a satisfying feel to the writing and plotting as Darkus and Knightley unravel the facts – the same kind of revelatory gratification you find in ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun, exciting and gripping read; it was easy to read and fairly unpredictable with an original storyline. It is very obviously aimed at teen reader so I may have been a bit too old but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it; I found it to be a fun quick read.

The main character is Darkus, a teenage boy whose dad has been in a comma a long time as Darkus has followed in his footsteps becoming an investigator but when his father wakes up he is thrown into a mystery that maybe he shoul
Katie Lawrence
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
What a rollicking read! I read this book almost in one sitting tonight and loved every second of it. It reminded me of Sherlock Holmes, some James Bond and a dash of a puzzle-based mystery like Lemoncello's Library. I absolutely love the idea of a father-son detective team and though Gavin did a great job illustrating the nuances of that relationship. The characters were quirky with fun gadgets, wacky accents and lots of heart. While there was a bit more violence than I was expecting, it was not ...more
This was a cute story about a son deeply wanting to connect with his father. I can definitely see this appealing to middle-grade students, especially boys who would like a closer relationship with their dad. It was a pleasant read and an interesting mystery.
Marco (Barely a blogger)
Treat yourself to this amazing novel. A well written mystery with great characters!!
Charlie Thacker
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best mystery novels I've ever read. The main character is very interesting with some interesting dynamics between him and his father. Lot's of action ...more
There are, by and large, two groups of children's books: those that are aimed at, and enjoyed by, children, and those that are aimed at children but are in fact enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Knightley and Son, to me, falls into the first group. This doesn't make it a bad book - no, I think that for its target group (I don't actually know who that target group is but I'd say "nine-year-old boys"), it has a lot to offer - some excitement, cool conspiracies, comical characters, people falling ove
Hazel West
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was a book that caught my eye the instant I saw it in the bookstore, but I still ended up getting it from the library since I've never read the author before, and, well, you never know, but I was not disappointed in this book. For the most part, it was exactly what I expected.

Cover--Yea or Nay: Love the cover. That's what caught my eye. It looks like a mystery novel and, hey, it has the London skyline on it, what's not to like.

Characters: Darkus Knightley (okay
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Darkus Knightley is a young Sherlock Holmes. He is thirteen years old, prefers to be non-sociable and yet, is always unfailingly polite in his few interactions. He has a steel-trap for a mind and is blessed with amazing deductive skills. And yes, he has a fondness for tweed.

There you go, a young Sherlock Holmes.

He is also the son of the legendary Alan Knightley. Alan was once a top London Private Investigator. He handled baffling cases for an obscure branch of Scotland Yard and was a formidable
Grab your magnifying glass and sit back to enjoy a delightful mystery that will appeal to younger readers and spark their imaginations! Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin tells the tale of a young boy, wise far beyond his years, who is determined to be the same kind of super sleuth his father is! Young Darkus has never lost hope that his father will awake from a four year coma, sits vigil by his bed, discusses his cases as if his father could answer and has decided to pick up where his father left ...more
Ashley F
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult, 2016
Darkus is 13 and has been coming to visit his father every Saturday for four years. Alan Knightley was a private investigator who one day randomly entered a coma with no medical explanations available. Darkus has used the time to learn everything about his father's cases and becoming a bit of a teenage sleuth. When Alan Knightley wakes up he has to join forces with his son to stop The Combination, a villainous group responsible for all the unexplained crimes in the world. Joining them is Uncle B ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Darkus Knightley is the son of Alan Knightley, a detective who has been in a coma for years. Darkus has been studying the record of his dad's cases, eager to help him when he wakes up. But Knightley's cases weren't quite normal, and they drove him to a breakdown. It is not the best future for Darkus.

I loved the idea of KNIGHTLEY & SON, father and son detective tackling strange cases, including the current one, involving a bestselling self-help book. (It's clearly modeled after THE SECRET, but it
Dorine White
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Story-
Darkus' dad Alan, has been in a coma for four years. Every week Darkus visits his dad, reviewing old case files and hoping his dad will awaken. His wish comes true one night when Alan Knightly hears the word, "combination" on TV and startles awake. Alan wastes no time escaping through a window and heading out into the darkness.

Darkus has spent the last four years going over every detail of his dad's investigations. The latest problem in London involves a book called The Code, and the f
Lisa Tobleman
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I came across this book in my never ending search for new additions to the school library, I was intrigued. A good old fashioned mystery novel for the Junior Fiction set. I have been very pleased with the trend in publishing to broaden the offerings for younger readers and this is a tightly written, well paced book that reminds me of the books and eventually PBS Mystery show "Inspector Morse" If Morse were say thirteen and living an hour and half outside London with an image, car crazed ste ...more
Bethany Miller
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: royal
Grade Range: 6-10
Genre: Mystery, Humor
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Good
Recommendation: Optional Purchase

Darkus Knightley’s relationship with his detective father has been limited to studying the Knowledge – a hard drive containing all of his case notes – ever since his father inexplicably fell into a coma while working on a highly mysterious case. When Knightley suddenly awakes he finds himself quickly drawn back into the detective game by Uncle Bill, an old friend who works for Scotlan
Sharon Tyler
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin is a young adult novel about family, mystery, and connections. Alan Knightley is an expert in crimes too strange for Scotland Yard to handle, but four years ago he fell into a mysterious coma. His thirteen year old son Darkus is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and find out what really happened. But when Alan suddenly wakes up, his memory is out of wack and he needs some help. There is a mystery that gets weirder by the minute, a bestselling book th ...more
Sara Grochowski
For the past four years, Darkus' investigator father has been in a coma. In an attempt to learn as much as he can about the detective business and his father, Darkus spent countless hours poring over his dad's old cases. When his father suddenly wakes, he's immediately pulled back into his last case. Darkus is just happy to have his dad back and, this time around, he's set on making the detective biz a family affair. When reports of seemingly unprovoked crimes start making the news and the only ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Knightley and Son is a fun book for the 9-12 age range, but it wasn't quite my cup of tea. I liked certain elements, Darkus Knightley especially, but overall I didn't connect with the story or the characters and found it difficult to finish. That's not to say it's a bad book, because it isn't, it just didn't engage me as much as I thought it would.

There's a clever mystery at the heart of Knightley and Son, one that involves a bestselling book, terrible crimes and the dark streets of London. It's
Sarah Monsma
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The best way that Darkus Knightly knows to spend time with his father is probably immoral. As a minor, he’s not really allowed to read the private eye’s casebook. But since Mr. Knightly has been in a mysterious coma for four years, it’s the only way for Darkus to get to know his father better. When his father does wake up, he desperately needs Darkus’ help to find and stop the evil that is wreaking havoc through a book called The Code. Soon Darkus, Knightly and a cast of amusing characters are b ...more
Helena Karlsson
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Detective Duo Hits the London Crime Scene

Dressed in a Donegal tweed walking hat and a herringbone coat, Darkus Knightley visits his Dad every week to discuss Knightley senior’s cases; Knightley senior worked as a private detective and, when he wakes up from the coma he has been in for the last four years, he finds he has a new partner – his thirteen year old son. Now that he is awake Alan Knightley can actually participate in the discussions and he has to admit Darkus’ ideas cannot be ignore
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Review of ARC*

Buzzwords: Detectives, father&son, step-siblings, supernatural, criminal organizations

When his father wakes up after a 4 year coma, eager to shut-down a criminal organization he calls The Combination, Darkus Knightley is eager to help, with his Sherlock-Holmes-esque memory and observational skills. His father is uneasy at first, but Darkus is soon swept up in the investigation of a series of crimes where the only link is a book called THE CODE, and where Darkus may be the only one
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here on Hearts And Crowns:

This book is definitely quirky in a good way. And no, it is not a Sherlock Holmes wannabe (thought it does have Sherlock Holmes-like elements).

It was cute in a middle grade book kind of way where its target audience would love it. However, I don't believe I fall under that category so this book was a small let down in a way. The thing was, it was written like the author had constantly had his intended audience i
Kim McGee
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Combine a young Sherlock Holmes with the action of James Bond and you have the antics of Alan and Darkus
Knightley in this fun new series for kids. The ex-private eye Knightley wakes up after a comatose state only to find that a case that he was working on when he had his episode may still be open and a secret evil society is still a threat to London's security. A mysterious book is compelling its readers to commit crimes and a dastardly secret crime ring is behind it. Young Knightley has the sam
Jaliyah W
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Knightley & Son, a crime book.I really enjoyed the book because it had crime and mystery. At the beginning of the book it starts out slow but as you begin to read more it gets more interesting.The theme of the book is crime. The setting in the book takes place in London.The story is told from a third person point of view. The protagonist characters are Knightley and Darkus. Other major characters are Tilly, Clive and Uncle Bill.

It was really interesting reading a book like knight
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Sherlock Holmes-style story set in the present. Darkus is serious, analytical and starving for a connection with his father. Partly because his father is a detective who gets too involved in his work to spend time with his family, and partly because his father has spent the last several years in a mysterious coma. Darkus finds a flash drive of his father's cases and studies it so that he can share his own observations and impressions with his comatose father. But when his father suddenly awake ...more
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