richard hammonds great mysteries

Richard Hammond’s Great Mysteries of the World.

Richard Hammond – TV presenter and self-confessed mystery addict – invites you to journey with him to the planet’s most puzzling places . . . Explore the ancient pyramids, Stonehenge and the Bermuda Triangle. Hunt for werewolves, vampires, aliens and the Abominable Snowman. You can gather clues, facts and interesting tales as you go (just try not to get too distracted by Richard’s unbelievable jokes). Then it’s up to you decide what’s really going on.

Don’t miss this incredible, fully illustrated gift book from Britain’s best-loved TV personality. Explore the world’s greatest mysteries – all from the comfort of your armchair! (Synopsis from Goodreads.)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Overview (No Spoilers)

I liked this book, it was fun and informative at the same time, but not at all heavy going. It had nice pictures and fun interesting facts. Anything that may be been difficult for younger readers was explained but not in a patronising way. It was nice how it was left up to the reader to choose what they think happened in each mystery. The descriptions of each story are in depth but quick. Mentions of similar stories pop in every now and then, which I quite like.  It would make a nice book for younger readers.

4 stars out of 5.

Step by Step Overview (Spoilers)

0% – Looks good, aimed at younger readers, as an adult, I am hoping it wills till engage my interest. (It did).  There was too much, to write done about each mystery so I chose my favourite one from each section.

The Mary Celeste

It’s always been one of my favourite mysteries. It would make me happy for life to know what happened to those ten people, did they somehow get hurt or make it so safety but not able or willing to contact anyone? How spooky would have it been going aboard first on a deserted ship not knowing what you would find? I liked the little bit about the flying dutchman and the story of Mutiny on the Bounty, it’s a nice addition to hear about other similar stories. A cursed ship, why those passengers, not any others?

The Mary Celeste was in the Weird Waters section, other mysteries in this section was : The Lost City of Atlantis, Mythical Mermaids, The Bermuda Triangle, The Philadelphia Experiment.

The Loch Ness Monster

I am from Inverness, so I grew up hearing the story. Even have a family joke that my dad is the monster. Did not know Loch Ness held that much water, wow. If it would hide anywhere it would be there. Why did sightings increase in 1933? I did notice that Hammond failed to mention that Loch Ness has a lot of underwater caves where the monster could hide. The problem I have with the tree gas theory is that Loch Ness cannot be the loch/lake in the world this would happen in?

The Loch Ness Monster was in the Creepy Creatures section, also in this section were: The Yeti, Vampires and Werewolves.

The Roswell Incident

I chose this one since I used to love the T.V. show, Roswell. So maybe aliens do exist. The Air balloon story sounds like a cover up to me. I was too engrossed in this story to write much, sorry.

This mystery was in the Alien Encounters section, also in this section are: The UFO Enigma, The Nazca Lines and Crop Circles.

Pirate Treasure

Did not know that a pirate’s life on average was two years, wow that’s short. If there was lots of buried treasure just lying around wouldn’t people have found lots of it by now. I think they would sell it keep it, but not bury it. each to their own I suppose.

Pirate treasure was in the Ancient Treasure section, also in this section was: The Curse of the Pharaoh’s, The Legend of El Dorado and The Crystal Skull Conundrum.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who likes mysteries. Also I would give it children aged 8-14 as a present. I’s really well done.