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
Yes, I loved the way the author took on the aspect of Sherlock Holmes and wrote him in his own manor. We finally get to know how Sherlock became who we all know and love!
I enjoyed that Sherlock wasn't ever quite sure what he was doing....It slowly pieced together bits of his personality that you see in all of his later adventures!
What moved me the most is at the end Sherlock looking back at the fire and watching the men jump into the water some of them on fire and hating himself because he caused that death, he caused that pain.
Welcome to the Young Sherlock Addiction!
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 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 so much enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle that I thought I would give Andrew Lane's younger version a try. As a teenager, this version of Sherlock was not as I expected. Perhaps I was leaning too much on the adult character, but I thought young Sherlock would be a boy genius. Instead, he is portrayed as a lad with an above average intelligence and a seemingly boundless curiosity. We therefore see the progression in Sherlock from his formative years to the astute detective made famous by A.C. Doyle.
The novel begins with 14 year old Sherlock waiting for his father to collect him from boarding school for the summer holiday. Instead he finds his brother, Mycroft, waiting in the headmaster's office. Mycroft informs Sherlock that their father has been sent to India and arrangements have been made with Uncle Sherrinford and Aunt Anna in Farnham to care for him during the summer.
Resigned to his fate, Sherlock tries to make the most of his situation. He meets a young orphan, Matty Arnatt, and the two boys become quick friends. Matty tells Sherlock of the Death Cloud he saw coming from a house in town. It came out of the window and went up the drain pipe. The man in the house had large boils on his face and hands reminiscent of the plague. This peaks Sherlock's curiosity and the two boys begin investigating.
About this time, Sherlock discovers that Mycroft has hired a tutor to help further his education. The tutor in question, Amyus Crowe, has come from America with his daughter Virginia, who Sherlock immediately becomes infatuated with. Later, while Amyus and Sherlock are hiking through the forest to learn about edible plants, another body is discovered bearing the same characteristics as the previous one. This time, it is Sherlock that witnesses the Death Cloud. He also finds some yellow powder near the body, which he collects in an envelope.
With the discovery of the second body, the community becomes worried about another outbreak of the bubonic plague, But Sherlock is not convinced. He had seen the second man earlier the same day the body was discovered, with no signs of any disease present. He and Matty's investigations lead to a secluded warehouse and a mysterious foreign Baron. With the help of Amyus and Virginia Crowe, the two boys are able to make sense of the clues and solve the case.
It is not surprising that Amyus Crowe reminded me of the grown Sherlock. With his vast amount of knowledge and deductive reasoning, he is the man Sherlock will become. At one point during the story, Sherlock notes that Amyus is trying to "teach me how to think," and indeed this is the case. Amyus would ask questions in such a way as to lead the young man in the direction of the solution without actually giving it to him.
The mystery set forth in the story is very clever, and while the villain is not typical of Doyle's Holmes character, I found the novel to be quite entertaining. If you are willing to believe that Holmes was not always the man he was portrayed as by Doyle, then I think you will enjoy this novel as much as I did.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
Entertaining from start to finish. Narration was excellent and compelling story. Definitely going to read more from Andrew Lane.
The narrator of quite good.
When Sherlock first sees the Abino man.
The confrontation with the albino man.
I enjoyed getting to know Sherlock Holmes before he became the adult version that knows everything
Very good. He kept you interested.
It was a thriller.
He did a good job with the characters voices.
In certain parts, you couldn't stop listening.
Yes, because the narrator gave a lot of expression.
Its an old story.
This would be a good class reading.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Building Holmes from a young teen...adding experiences and background to explain his idiosyncratic nature. I never would have considered the national background the author had for his tutor. Different enough to be interesting, there was some repetition in the story as written that may have been unneeded. Overall a good teen book.
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