Tuesday, 7 June 2011

10+: Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice - Andrew Lane

Release Date: 03/06/11


The year is 1868 and fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes faces his most baffling mystery yet. Mycroft, his older brother, has been found with a knife in his hand, locked in a room with a corpse. Only Sherlock believes that his brother is innocent. But can he prove it? In a chase that will take him to Moscow and back, Sherlock must discover who has framed Mycroft and why ...before Mycroft swings at the gallows. Young Sherlock Holmes is a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.


So far, I’ve picked up and enjoyed each of these wonderful new tales featuring a young Sherlock Holmes and to be honest they’ve been thrilling, there has been mystery and above all else a cool clear deductive mind solves the clues as they appear with tips of the hat to the original Conan Doyle texts.

What this, the third instalment, offers the reader is pretty much a lot of the same. The writing is crisp, the storyline addictive as well as well thought out and the characters evolve as new skills come to the fore for them all. Add to this a larger role for Mycroft in this tale and its one that was a lot of fun to read. My only criticism of this title is that it felt that it ended a little abruptly and transferred back to a familiar location almost as if a chapter or two had been cut from the story. All in it is fun but to have it end in such a way I felt was unfair to the reader who after traveling along with the Holmes’ fir the full story deserved to meet one of Mycroft’s contemporaries.

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