Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins) By Andrew Lane Review
Mar 4th, 2012 by Aldouspi

Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins) By Andrew Lane Review

One of the Mysteries that the Arther Conan Doyle stories do not reveal is what kind of childhood Sherlock Holmes had. That gives writers of today a lot of room to explore. Death Cloud by Andrew Lane is on such novel that tells a story of a young Holmes at the age of 14.

It is school vacation time and Sherlock Holmes is looking forward to going home for a while, only to find that his father, a soldier, has been sent to India. He must now stay with his Uncle Sherrinford, whom he has never met.

So off he goes to Farnham, a small village, where two mysterious deaths occur and a strange cloud is seen leaving the dead bodies...

Of course, we see in the younger Holmes, as the adventure unfolds, the seeds of the Great Detective to come. These seeds are also encouraged by an American tutor hired my Mycroft Holmes. The book is filled with action, including a trip under the Thames in London.

Andrew Lane provides a different look at Sherlock Holmes, in this coming of age tale, but the young Homes we meet is well within the characteristics of the adult Holmes we know.

The writing is good, the voice is strong, the new characters are well written and interesting and the villain is special. A Sherlock Holmes pastiche worth reading...

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars

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The specs of 'Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins)' are:

  • Publisher: Square Fish (2011-10-25)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031256371X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3x5.6x0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

"Not quite Holmes, but fun nonetheless."

"This is a fun, YA adventure/mystery, though the young Sherlock falls a bit short of his namesake in my estimation. Sure this is supposed to be Sherlock as a teenager before amassing the vast knowledge and the obsession Doyle's version brings to bear on...Read more

"Sherlock Holmes for a new generation!"

"DEATH CLOUD, by Andrew Lane, is a great beginning to a new series which explores the life of Sherlock Holmes as a fourteen year old boy.Mystery books rarely enter my TBR pile, but when asked to review a Sherlock Holmes novel I could not...Read more

"The Game...has its opening moves."

"I very much enjoyed reading this tale of a young Holmes who, while not quite a boy genius, obviously is willing to learn and is full of potential. His relationship with his tutor, Amyus Crowe, was particularly well developed; Crowe often leads him to the...Read more

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    I enjoyed the plot – an appropriately elaborate mystery, complete with murder, kidnapping, London thugs, and a solution just beyond reach – and the characters, but my favorite part of this book was watching the Holmes I know blossom within this young, fresh character. Young Sherlock develops an appreciation for bee keeping, learns the basics of disguise, and gets a thrilling introduction to chemistry. Two formative characters, older brother Mycroft Holmes and tutor Amyus Crow, teach him bits of logic: collect all the details; rephrase the problem in your own words to understand it better; and, of course, “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

    Readers of young adult mystery and adventure will enjoy this book. The Victorian era setting will also interest readers who like historical fiction. And, of course, every Holmes devotee should hurry up and enjoy this origin story.

    Source: Read more of this review at Blogs.jocolibrary.org: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review
Mar 4th, 2012 by Aldouspi

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review

    A Great Sherlock Holmes Pastiche

    If you’re a Holmes follower, this book will please you with Holmes’s bag of tricks and the close scrapes he gets into. If you don’t care that much about the great detective, this novel is worth your while for its atmospheric treatment of Victorian London, and the convolutions of its crime mystery plot.

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Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

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The specs of 'The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel' are:

  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (2011-11-01)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3x6.3x1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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"He's Back! And the game's afoot!"

"60 years ago, as a teenager, I devoured the complete Sherlock Holmes lexicon with the greatest of excitement and joy. Since then I have read, watched and listened carefully -- Holmes-like -- to all things Sherlock. Sometimes pleased (the early Britt...Read more

"Over Hyped But Readable"

"The House of Silk is over hyped which probably caused me to rate it lower than I might have had it not been touted as the second coming of Conan Doyle.First, there have been many authorized additions to the Canon. This is hardly the first and...Read more

"Horowitz Nailed It"

"The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz is a new Sherlock Holmes novel, which is the first officially sanctioned take-off of Sherlock Holmes by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. For the Sherlock Holmes lover, this is a must read. For everyone else, I'd...Read more

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Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
Dec 1st, 2010 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "The Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow" by Shane Peacock.

Eye of the Crow

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"The Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow" by Shane Peacock.

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:  Tundra Books, Copyright 2007.

"The Boy Sherlock Holmes | His 1st Case: Eye of the Crow" is the story of a young Sherlock Holmes, aged 13.

There have been other Sherlock Holmes pastiches that have dealt with the development of Sherlock Holmes in his childhood and those that look at his family. Each seems to want to explain why Sherlock became the man that Conan Doyle wrote about. This novel is no exception.

If you have ever pondered on why Holmes is emotionally detached - this story provides an answer. It also explains why he is so logical, which is due to his father's teachings...

Of course, you may disagree with Shane Peacock's explanations, but that is why the world of Sherlock Holmes is so fascinating - there are so many ways to interpret the character.

The Story:  Sherlock Holmes is a 13-year-old, living in a poorer section of London with his ex-professor father and his disinherited mother. As he has been doing lately, Sherlock is playing hooky from school, preferring to wander the streets of London instead.

After reading about a murder of woman, the boy Holmes manages to be present when the accused murderer is being brought to gaol. In an unexpected encounter, the prisoner has a brief conversation with Holmes in which he declares his innocence. And thus Sherlock Holmes is drawn into his first case.

Holmes goes to the murder site, an alley in Whitechapel. Observing the behavior of nearby crows, he discovers a clue to the real murderer overlooked by the police - a glass eye.

As the young Holmes pursues the case - he is assisted reluctantly by a local gang leader of boys or Irregulars by the name of "Malefactor." Another unexpected aid to this cause is the young daughter of a "do-gooder" by the name of Irene Doyle. And eventually Holmes's mother, who teaches music lessons, is also enlisted to solve the case.

Holmes, himself, is arrested as a potential accessory to the crime by a Scotland Yard Detective named Lestrade. But Holmes manages to escape his prison cell and continue with the case.

Unfortunately, for Holmes and those around him, the murderer realizes that he is being pursued and strikes back...


The Writing:  I must admit of a little reluctance to taking up this book, although I have had a copy for some time. Despite my hesitation, I found the writing by Shane Peacock to be quite good. Expecting a work for a more juvenile audience, this may actually be geared towards the adult reader.

Shane Peacock's version of Sherlock Holmes's youth is different than the one that I imagined, but he treats the subject fairly and the characters are well drawn. There are some plot devices that are obvious and I do which the path of the plot had gone differently, but that is due to my own inner vision of Holmes and not the fault of the author.

The Rating:  ... This novel has a rating of 3 "Pipes." This is a book to add to your collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. It provides a different look at Sherlock Holmes than most pastiches.

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