Gratz's clever re-imagining of Hamlet as a noir drama will please kids and adults alike. Snappy one-liners, an appealing narrator and a murder to solve add up to a rollicking good time. Readers will enjoy the book regardless of their familiarity with the Bard's magnum opus, though neophytes will miss out on some of the sly humor.
After his friend Hamilton's father, Rex, dies, Horatio visits him in Denmark, Tenn. Hamilton's mother has just married his uncle, his ex is picketing the family business and his mom's ex is stirring up trouble. Then a video of Rex telling Hamilton he's being poisoned surfaces. Who has committed this murder most foul? (Dial, Oct., 208 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780803732162, HC, 12 and up)