Jason Lethcoe

Jason Lethcoe's work has been included in The Little Mermaid, The Tigger Movie, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, The Pagemaster, Disney’s Home On The Range, Surf's Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He is also an internationally published author of several critically acclaimed books. Amazing Adventures From Zoom’s Academy, his first series, was made into the movie Zoom starring Tim Allen in 2006. His current series is titled, No Place Like Holmes. Mr. Lethcoe lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife Nancy and their three children Emily, Alex, and Olivia. Visit him at www.jasonlethcoe.com

Jason Lethcoe

A Different Kind of Detective

Griffin Sharpe

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Griffin Sharpe is no ordinary boy. With his special gifts of observation and a keen eye for details, he notices everything. This includes the color of people’s teeth, the size of their shoes, where they bought their socks, and, in the case of ladies’ hats, the color of the feathers and what type of bird supplied each one. But the thing that really makes Griffin unique is not his talent.

It’s his faith in God, his humility and his compassion for others.

Griffin’s uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, the resident at 221 “A” Baker Street, is intensely jealous over his next-door neighbor, Sherlock Holmes.

When Griffin comes to live with his grumpy uncle, he’s confronted right away by Rupert’s bad attitude about everything. Rupert doesn’t believe in God. He thinks that the world is a cruel place. He hates that he’s not handsome or blessed with a great personality.

And Rupert hopes more than anything else that his incredible inventions will help him gain fame and fortune … especially if they help him beat Sherlock Holmes at solving a mystery.

With his inventions, Rupert has often come close to solving a mystery, but he hasn’t been successful in putting the pieces in the right order. Have you ever felt like that? That you have a really good idea or are really close to solving a problem and somebody beats you to it? I know I have.

Poor Rupert. He’s miserable because he thinks that by becoming successful he will find happiness.

Isn’t that the way it is sometimes? When we seek our own glory, we often come up short. Sometimes we even meet our goal but then find that we’re still empty inside. Usually this is because we were hoping that by becoming popular, famous, or successful, we will find happiness waiting there for us.

But God made us different. What Griffin understands is that by seeking God and putting Him first in our lives, we can find true happiness and contentment. Jesus taught us to do the opposite

of what people think is right. Rather than focusing on ourselves, we should focus on other people’s needs. It’s only then that we can truly find joy.

In No Place Like Holmes, Griffin Sharpe wants to help the innocent victims and bring comfort to those who are hurting. He doesn’t want any attention for himself and even tries to keep the newspapers from recording his name. He humbly uses his talent as an act of service to God, and it’s his kind heart that eventually wins even his hard-hearted uncle’s affection. It’s why he’s called, “The World’s Most Secret Detective,” because to Griffin, all the glory belongs to God. So even though Griffin Sharpe is tremendously gifted, it really isn’t the gift itself that matters.

It’s how he chooses to use it.


No Place Like Holmes