Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Christopher was lucky to be taken in as an apprentice to an apothecary and he likes working and learning with Master Blackthorn.  Under his Master's tutelage Christopher has been solving puzzles and learning how to create lifesaving medicines as well as other concoctions such as gunpowder.  However, Christopher has been more worried recently due to a series of murders of other apothecaries rumored to be carried out by the Cult of the Archangel.  When the cult kills Master Blackthorn it is up to Christopher to decipher the clues he left behind to find the killers, find out what they're after, and stay a step ahead of them himself.

This is a good mystery for the type of mystery fans who like to solve puzzles, not just figure out who the killer is.  Christopher's ingenuity makes him a fun, likeable protagonist along with his devoted best friend Thomas.  The bad guys are abundant and not all of them are stupid so they are dangerous.  It didn't blow me away, but it was enjoyable and solidly middle school.

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