G.P. Taylorís third book of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, titled The Great Mogul Diamond, is a thrilling story combining the intrigue of a mystery novel and the action of a graphic novel. A mystery ensues when Sadie and Saskia Dopple overhear their personal guardian, the famous writer Muzz Elliot, on the phone with a blackmailer. Itís up to the identical twins and their friend Erik Ganger to figure out who the blackmailer is and what his sinister plan is before itís too late.
Every page has something visual to go along with the story. The artists do a great job illustrating the struggles of Sadie, Saskia, and Erik. By switching to illustrated panels, the action of the story becomes more exciting. For example, Erik and Dorcas Potts, a private investigator, become involved in a high speed car chase through the Alps. The intensity of that scene is better when itís seen than read. Unfortunately, switching between comic book and mystery novel can be confusing at times, with some details getting lost during transition.
Shortly after the mysterious phone call, Muzz Elliot takes the identical twins on a vacation to Cannes, France. But as soon as they board the train, strange crimes begin to occur that mimic scenes from one of Muzz Elliotís books. Their friends Dorcas Potts and Erik Ganger chase after them, but a gang of thieves donít want Dorcas and Erik to reach Cannes in time to help Muzz Elliot and the twins.
Sadie and Saskia attended the same school as Erik, which is how they know each other. They have a tendency to get themselves into trouble, usually a result of their own snooping. Erik Ganger is a former thief who has sworn to never steal again, but the Great Mogul Diamond presents a temptation to him. Dorcas Potts is not afraid of danger, especially if it involves helping her friends. She has a courageous heart but sometimes she takes too many risks.
The Great Mogul Diamond is a good mystery and adventure story. It is quick and easy to read and it thrills until the end. Kids in grades 5 and up will definitely enjoy it, even if they struggle with reading. I donít think G.P. Taylorís done with this series yet, so we can expect to see the sleuthing twins again in the future. Ė Jared Hammond, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Everything was going so well for a change. Sadie and Saskia Dopple, those troublesome twins, had been adopted by the wealthy writer and recluse Muzz Elliott. And their friend Erik Morrissey Ganger was finally on his way to becoming a full-fledged private detective. But when an anonymous note threatens someone they love, the twins are off on an express train to danger. Suddenly they find themselves awhirl in a series of crimesóstolen right off the pages of Muzz Elliottís own mystery novels. The twins need to figure out whoís behind this twisted plot soon, or Muzz Elliott will be framed for her own greatest literary invention . . . the theft of the Great Mogul Diamond. Meanwhile, Erik speeds through the countryside in an unbelievably cool car with private eye Dorcas Potts, racing the clock and attempting to outwit a gang of robbers. At the end of the road (if he ever gets there), he and the twins will have to get their hands on the diamond first in order to save Muzz Elliott. But not even this car is fast enough to escape the nagging doubts in Erikís mind . . . What do you do when you arenít sure whatís right? Sadie, Saskia, and Erik face this question head-on in the third installment of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, by New York Times bestselling author G. P. Taylor.