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Something Wicked (Horatio Wilkes Mystery #2)

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The Scottish Highland Festival in Tennessee is all set to begin, but there’s one problem: Duncan MacRae, founder of the games, has just been murdered. The police arrested Malcolm, Duncan’s son, but is he really the killer? Horatio Wilkes, for one, has doubts.

Horatio is attending the festival with his childhood friend Mac, Mac’s super-hot yet controlling girlfriend Beth, a

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Dial
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Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Danae Armstrong
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i read this book when the librarian was getting suspicious of me and my friends. She was about to come around to kick us out(again) when i grabbbed this random blue book and started reading the first page. After the first page i wanted to keep reading, so i checked it out.
i loved it. i read it all in one night(A SCHOOL NIGHT) better to say that when class came around i was catatonic, and couldnt hear a word the teachers were saying.
But the book was great and the ending was a little sad, i almos
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Rating A-

Review I gave the first book in this series, Something Rotten (a re-telling of Hamlet), an A+, but this book only got an A-. Sure, it's still the grading equivalent of five stars, but this one wasn't perfect.

You still got Horatio's snark and wit and great one-liners:
"...Beth had changed into more formal cosplay: a white long-sleeved peasant blouse, white-trimmed blue vest, and a skirt in her family tartan with tall argyle socks to match.
'Waiting tables tonight at the Salty Wench?' I ask
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Gratz, Alan. 2008. Something Wicked: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery.

Horatio Wilkes is back in his second adventure, Something Wicked. We first met our mystery-solving hero (who is wonderfully snarky) in Something Rotten. A modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in Denmark, Tennessee. In this second adventure, we have a modern-day spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth set on Mount Birnam during the Scottish Highland Fair. (And although this is his second book, it is not necessary to have read Something
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Horatio Wilkes makes his follow up appearance in Something Wicked (his first being in Something Rotten). In this hard to put down tale, Horatio is attending the Scottish Highland Fair with his best friends Mac and Banks. Things go horribly wrong that first night, with the brutal murder of the game's founder, Duncan MacRae. Duncan's son's name, Malcolm, is written in his father's blood right beside his dead body, making all indications that Malcolm is the killer.

However, something just doesn't ad
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as good, if not better, than Something Rotten! It is a YA retelling of the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. It's clever, fast paced, and funny (as funny as a tragedy can be)! Teens will appreciate the biting wit of the narrator Horatio Wilkes, and the simplification of themes, plot, and key speeches from Macbeth.

I would personally feel uncomfortable reading this aloud in a classroom due to its pervasive use of sexual innuendo/ obvious sexual content. Of course Shakespeare uses the
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Having enjoyed the previous volume, Something Rotten, I was initially hesitant that the character of Horatio would be transplanted to other Shakespeare settings. But in the author's note, he states that he found that his Horatio, surname Wilkes, would actually have been part of the MacDuff clan, a neat way to pull him into the tale of Macbeth.

The book contains some obvious set-ups, some terrible punning, and some potentially ill-judged commercial/pop-culture references (a sure way to make a tex
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Something Wicked is the second entry in Alan Gratz’s Horatio Wilkes Mystery series. In this retelling of Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Horatio attends the Scottish Highland Games with his childhood friend, Mac, and Mac’s demanding girlfriend, Beth. When Mac’s grandfather is murdered, Horatio joins forces with the local police to solve the crime.

Horatio is a bright and witty hero, but sometimes he reads much older than a junior in high school—particularly when he casually throws off references to
Teena R.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 stars! I'd so very much love to read his further adventure. Why are there no more Horatio books? Whyyyyyyy?

Horatio Wilkes returned in his second outing as an amateur detective. This time, he went to a Highland fair with his friend Mac and his girlfriend Beth and yes, something very wicked his way come.

The mystery is well-done and the atmosphere is very tense. The Shakespeare drop is great. My favorite is the "Out, out Spot!" Horatio is still his charming smart-mouth, wise-ass self and I
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
A retelling, or rather an interpretation of Macbeth, painted against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, is the theme of this fun mystery. Certainly for slightly older readers as underage drinking and sex are prevalant yet not in great detail, Horation Wilkes is at the Highland Games to root on his friends in their competitions when he discovers a dead body. Wilkes is right in the midst of the mystery and finds himself a target. Great description of the vast contrast in the crass commerci ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
2.5 stars, rounding up

I finished this last night, forgot to post about it here, and, when I sat down to type this up, forgot how I felt about it. Which is to say that I liked it well enough while reading, but it was kind of forgettable beyond that.

Here's the thing, though: If Gratz wrote more of these, I would read every single one. He integrates and updates all of the elements and characters really well. And I will be forever amused that Horatio's sisters are all heroines from other Shakespeare
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My book is called Something Rotten, written by Alan M. Gratz. It is a mystery book intended for young adults. In the book we start out at a festival. It is an all weekend festival with a lot of Irish families attending. On the first night it is a tradition for someone to light the bonfire. The man that was supposed to light it was no where to be found. A couple people walked to the mans tent to see if he was there. The main character opens to tent to find the man dead and full of lacerations fro ...more
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen Shakespear Fans and Mystery Lovers
I love a well done retelling of a classic, and this is one of the best. Gratz shows great ingenuity and creativity in this modern day spin to the MacBeth tragedy. Seriously clever. So maybe Horatio is a bit too perfect, but it he is still very much a teenager (ie. throwing out glib and sarcastic remarks at practically every single adult that he meets). Unless you have actually read MacBeth, some of the funnier references will be lost, but you'll still enjoy the humor and the suspense. This book ...more
Cathy (Ms. Sweeney)
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Good YA contemporary mystery, taking place over a the course of a few days at a local Celtic Festival; kilts, bagpipes, dancing and murder are all part and parcel of this book (which appears to be part of a series). Interesting characters, whom I am looking forward to reading more about in the future. While the title was one of the reasons I opened up this book (it came across my desk at the library), fortunately I didn't think about the title too deeply until I'd finished reading the book. Alth ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alan M. Gratz delivers another awesome modern murder mystery interpritaion of a Classic Shakespeare play. This time he is tackling Macbeth and it was so good. I loved All of the quotes and all of the little touches that are taken from the play but are so well hidden that you have to think about them before you see the connection. Oh and the pay off at the end. It is amazing. And the mystery is so well ploted that even having read the play you still won't be able to guess who done it. Not without ...more
Books Ahoy
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's a modern YA retelling of MacBeth twisted into a mystery story. I think its really cool how Alan Gratz turned the story of MacBeth into a mystery/whodunit novel. I know what MacBeth is about and this books follows the orginal story pretty great. The stories are just about parallel. I loved the romance between Horatio and his girlfriend but it was also a real shocker what happened to her. I liked how you can see the transformation of Mac's character throughtout the book. I ...more
Alexandra B
Feb 04, 2013 is currently reading it
Throughout my book so far, it has been ever interesting. The main characters name is Horatio. He is at a festival for the "Highland games." His friends family brought him to join along with other friends also. About 1/4 through the book horatio's friend Mac's father is shot leaving many people very distraught.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a total Shakespeare nerd, so anytime there is a book based on one of his plays that looks good I try to read it. This book and its predecessor, "Something Rotten" are great mysteries based on the stories of Hamlet ("Something Rotten") and Macbeth ("Something Wicked"). The narrator is smart and funny, and the plots are interesting.
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Denise Ashlock-Phillips
I loved this book! It was simply masterful to watch how Alan Gratz weaved the Shakespeare into his story. I would definitely recommend this book and I can see it easily being used in the classroom in conjunction with the actual Shakespeare!
Vickie T
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Macbeth set in Tennessee. Duncan is killed just before the Highland Games begin. Horatio is at the games with his friend Mac and is drawn into the investigation. Laughed at the Macbeth references. Started a little slow.
Madeline Smoot
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: teen
Nothing wicked happens to Horatio unless you count murder, sabotage, and a gang of punk bagpipers. Horatio will have to keep his wits (and the flaps of his kilt) together if he hopes to survive the weekend. A clever and snarky retelling of Macbeth that is just as compelling as the original.
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could't put it down;It was pretty hilarious.
Dec 31, 2008 marked it as to-read
Modern day plot with a Shakespearean twist.
Avry Griffin
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a good book about mystery,friends,and murder
Elisheva Rina
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is "it was ok" because basically everything that happens in Macbeth happens in this book. The only surprise is the Macduff horror...
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens
A fantastic twist on Macbeth, and a gripping mystery.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book!
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it as much as the first in the series.
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan
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