Findo's Mousetrap follows the adventures of Findo Gask and his trusty friend Mac as they and the Mousetrap solve a Royal mystery, a petty theft and gain notoriety for their unique invention that can unlock events and emotions that have been recorded and held in the very fabric of buildings.
I think the concept of this book is quite unique. It looks at the Stone Tape Theory which if you didn't know is the speculation that ghosts and hauntings analogous to tape recordings, and that electrical mental impressions released during emotional or traumatic events can somehow be "stored" in moist rocks and other items and "replayed" under certain conditions.
You can see throughout the book the Paskett has done his research. The use of Mousetrap is quite significant as it was the name given to a camera used to take the world's first photographic negative.
Findo's Mousetrap is essentially a projector showing the past, just like a camera but showing video footage rather than a photo.
We first meet Findo when he is being interviewed by the BBC and this is where he meets Dympha Doyle, an Irish-American who certainly captures Findo's attention.
Throughout the book we are moved between countries, going from England, to Scotland and finally the USA. Secondary characters are introduced mostly in the form of family members and they seem to be there to add a certain depth to the story. I think the real point to this tale was to ask the question is it wise to peek into the past or should these events be left alone, do we gain anything from knowing things from days past?
From my point of view although the story is set in modern times it comes across as old fashioned and the writing style seems somewhat lacking, not enough depth and description. It seemed to jump from place to place, not really knowing which angle to stick with. Was the story meant to be more about Findo and Dympha's relationship or about the Mousetrap itself?
The story did get better the further into it I got but for me it didn't flow, there were parts that were left hanging, unanswered and by the end I was left wanting something more.
Overall an ok read not a blow your socks of book. If you are looking for something easy and fairly lighthearted you may want to give this a try.
Disclaimer : I was sent a copy of this book FOC however all thoughts and opinions are my own.