It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.
©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
On summer break from school, a young Sherlock Holmes finds a mentor and encounters his first mystery.
This was too much like an Alex Rider novel, perhaps deliberately. Although I like Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes' adventures, even as (or especially as) a teenager, should be more cerebral and less violent.
There's an occasional good nugget, like when Sherlock develops the self-knowledge that he's not a good storyteller, and that he needs someone in his life to put his experiences in narrative form. Or the small fear that he enjoyed the experience of being drugged when kidnapped. But overall the mystery was predictable and the action ranged from extreme to ridiculous.
I enjoyed the beginning as young Holmes is attempting to solve the mystery he stumbles accross. The characters, Matty especially, were well explained. The end left several loose ends so I guess there will be more in the series. The confrontations with the evil Count were close to ridiculous.
Well read and Weyman kept me intereted
Bought on impluse to use during a long car trip. It was enjoyable but not great.
I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting something else I think. Perhaps getting more into the mind of the young Sherlock to explain why he thought the way he did and detailing his thought processes as he solved his first mystery.
Disappointing. Excellent beginning. Then just one chase after another at the end.
Author showed talent in depicting young Sherlock and family tensions. After that, fell apart.
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Lane's adaptation/prequel, to the stories I know, was wonderful. I was engaged from the start and did not turn it off until it had finished. I'm hooked and looking forward to the next installment.
As an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan I wanted to love this book!! However, this is a "OK" listen. Maybe next time?
I thought this book did a good job of capturing the same feel of Doyle's character. It explained a few of his idiosyncrasies and beekeeping. The story was very good.
The paralyzed man's contraption for getting around was very "steam punk" and fitting with Holmes cases.
Definitely worth checking out if you're a diehard Holmes fan.
I would listen to it again; its a clean and clever story for kids
Amius Crow was my favorite. He is the foreshadow of Sherlock Holmes as a grown-up, except American.
Daniel Weyman is one of my favorite narrators, that is actually why I purchased the book. His work on Nick Harkaway's books is fabulous.
I don't generally re-listen or re-read books, but I probably would on this one, to catch some of the items I may have missed during my rides too and from work :)
It was entertaining, well written, and well read. I enjoyed it so much that I've already purchased the next book in the series!
Near the top
This is excellent family fair. Fast paced and very interesting. The ending is complete, but sets up for many sequels which I hope come soon.
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