Book Review: The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Note: I had originally posted this review earlier this month as part of a round-up of several reviews from last October, but after looking at my blog's front page recently, I realized that it would be much easier for my visitors to find reviews of books they are interested in if I stick to a one-book-per-post-no-matter-how-short-the-review-is policy going forward. That way readers can scan the book covers on my blog's home page as if they were browsing a book store. So I reposted this as a solo book review. 

The Murderer’s Ape by Jacob Wegelius

Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2017
Genre: Middle grade fiction, mystery
Format: Library Edition, hardcover

In Murderer’s Ape, Jakob Wegelius tells the story of Sally Jones, a sea-faring gorilla with the ability to read and write (using a typewriter). Her best friend, the Chief, has just been arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. The Murderer’s Ape chronicles the year Sally Jones spent hunting for the true killer.

I’ll confess, the thought of a literate gorilla traveling around the world to prove the innocence of her former ship captain seemed a little far-fetched to me at first. But Wegelius builds the events in this novel so carefully one after another that suspending my disbelief ultimately didn’t prove to be any trouble at all. Which is really remarkable, considering all of the marvelous places Sally Jones oh-so-plausibly travels to in the course of proving the Chief’s innocence: London, Lisbon, Alexandria, Port Said, Karachi, Bombay, and Cochin.

In the end, this book was my favorite read of the entire month. To learn why, see my full review at my other place, Caterpickles.

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