Review / Who Killed Darius Drake?

20230304ma_0276Book: Who Killed Darius Drake? (2017)
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Genre: MG, Mystery
Publisher: Blue Sky Press

Opening lines from the book …
Whatever you’ve heard about Darius Drake is probably wrong. Dead wrong. Some of the stories are lies, some are mistaken, and the rest were invented by Darius himself, to fool his enemies.


1) The title definitely brings you in. When you start reading, you’ll notice that Darius Drake is very much alive. Although, he’s an orphan and his parents were killed in a car crash. The thing is, it may just be a matter of some time before, you know…

2) I like that the story is told from the POV of the school bully, Arthur “Bash Man.” But Arthur isn’t your typical bully because he’s more of a thug-for-hire. And he gets paid in chocolate bars. What I like is that he and Darius team up and you find that he’s more than the thug facade he hides behind.

3) I like how Arthur’s step-sister comes into the plot. And she’s a pretty positive influence for the boys!

4) There’s a nice bit of Holmes/Watson in this story. Darius definitely has the personality of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur that of Watson. And there’s a mystery afoot!

5) Darius has a grandfather that turns up with a complicated past. Adds to the mystery of the whole thing. And there’s secret rooms and all sorts of great stuff.


I’d definitely recommend this book to people who like mysteries, especially if you like a good Sherlock Holmes’ story. This is kind of like a middle-grade version of that!



Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday


6 thoughts on “Review / Who Killed Darius Drake?

  1. I loved Sherlock Holmes when I was 9 or 10, so this book has lots of appeal. I also like that the thug is the Watson character (and narrator), which is unusual (and likely a great character arc!)


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