Monday, January 30, 2012

Young Sherlock Holmes Fire Strom by Andrew Lane. Reviewed by Lynn Worton.

Book review of Young Sherlock Holmes Fire Storm by Andrew Lane.

A mysterious fire; a friend who has vanished; a man who claims to raise the dead.

Sherlock Holmes is at a loss. His friend and her father have disappeared. Their house is empty, as if nobody has ever lived there.
His attempts to solve the case take Sherlock to Scotland, and into an even darker mystery - one that involves kidnapping, bodysnatchers and a man who says that he can control the dead.

He's faced death before, but can Sherlock Holmes defeat the forces of Hell?

Review 5 out of 5

I won this book in a competition and I'm glad I did!

This is the story of Sherlock Holmes as a teenager set in Victorian England. He is staying in a small village, Farnham, with his Uncle Sherrinford and his Aunt Anna. His Uncle is the resident Vicar and they live in a large estate, which Sherlock seems to be embarrassed about. Sherlock is helping his Uncle catalogue some sermons one day, when he over hears a conversation between his Uncle and their housekeeper, Mrs. Eglantine. This conversation intrigues Sherlock into investigating and he finds more than he bargained for. Along with his violin teacher, Rufus Stone, and Matty a street urchin, Sherlock is thrown into a mystery that sees him travelling through the country to Scotland to find his girlfriend and her father before an evil man finds them.

I loved the story, as it gives Sherlock a back story as a teenager, and how he develops into the character that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about. My only quibble is that this book is actually the forth in the series! I'm now going to have to get the first three - Death Cloud, Red Leech and Black Ice; it was that good! I recommend this book to both boys and girls of all ages who love mystery/adventure. - Lynn Worton

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