Review: Thimble Down

Title: Thimble Down: A Mystery (Chronicles of Dorro)
Author: Pete Prown
Publication: 2013
Reviewed by: Stephanie
Rating: 4 stars
Reason for Reviewing: Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
THIMBLE DOWN is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel, and worse, is someone willing to kill to possess it? In this fast-paced adventure, the village bookmaster, Mr. Dorro, and his young companions Wyll Underfoot and Cheeryup Tunbridge are in a desperate race to find the answer—before death comes to Thimble Down.


I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. So much detail! From the beginning you see an index of the major characters of this much gratitude towards the author for doing this. Loved the quick reference for remembering the character’s name and how to correctly spell them since a lot were a bit unusual. Having it all within reach was fantastic, especially when you are using an e-reader. Haha. Continuing with the detail, author Pete Prown throws in a map of the town of Thimble Down. That was a good reference as well because you were able to look back and follow along with the clues Dorro uncovered in relation to location within the town. This story and the characters reminded me a lot of Tolkien's The Hobbit mixed in with Sherlock Holmes.

Dorro Fox Winderiver is a Halfling and Bookmaster of Thimble Down. I just love saying his long intriguing name, lol. He is such an intelligent and interesting character. Taller than the average Halfling in size with a round belly because, like most halflings, he loves to indulge in savory meals throughout the day. How can you not love him already? Dorro’s pure determination and unexpected bravery pulled at my heart strings. Even in the face of danger this halfling stared eye to eye glaring at it in order to get answers. He has to for the sake of young Wyll, Bing, and his beloved village. That sure is a lot of weight to carry on one’s shoulders, but he does it brilliantly. You will fear for him and cheer for him!

I hadn’t read a good mystery in awhile so I was delighted and thoroughly enjoyed Thimble Down. This story doesn’t contain a lot of action because it requires so much set up. You are following a few character’s along the way like Dorro, Sheriff Forgo, and the Woodland Elves that contribute clues towards the murder and stolen elf brooch *Telstar*. Now I’m not saying that action is completely missing from this story, it just happens when the time is right. *wink* So if you are not a person who enjoys a lot of dialogue and story set up, perhaps this might not be the right book for you. If you enjoy reading about hobbits, elves, mystery, murder, and food, then make Thimble Down your next read. I can’t wait to see what mysteries Dorro uncovers next.

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