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  1. Death Cloud: Young Sherlock Holmes, The Legend Begins
  2. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
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With Matty's help he tracks down a warehouse which has links to one of the deceased, and almost dies in the warehouse when the villains set it alight. Holmes escapes the building, and determines that he must travel to Guildford and locate an expert in exotic diseases who might help identify the yellow substance. He, therefore, sets out with Matty. A few days later Sherlock is lured to a fair, where he is forced to participate in a boxing match, from which he is kidnapped and interrogated by the unseen Baron Maupertuis until he is rescued by Matty and the pair go to his tutor's home.

Knowing that the Baron has left his headquarters, Sherlock, Matty, Crowe and Virginia determine to follow and locate the Baron. They discover that the Baron is shipping a weapon from a London wharf, and after a series of chases, Sherlock and Virginia are kidnapped to France by the Baron, and further interrogated.

Death Cloud: Young Sherlock Holmes, The Legend Begins

The Baron attacks Sherlock as Mr. Surd attacks Virginia. The pair escape and meet up with Crowe and Matty and set out to stop the Baron from trying to destroy the British Army. They find a fort, where Mr. Surd is in. Sherlock engages in a fight with Mr. Surd, and Sherlock kills him by shoving him into a beehive, resulting in multiple stings from angry bees. They throw pollen in the air, and burn it.

The fort falls down.

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Sherlock wakes up and meets Crowe and Matty and they discuss matters. As he glances outside the window Holmes sees a man in a carriage, presumably the Baron. A brilliant year-old who is somewhat of a lone wolf but longs for friendship. He is attending Deepdene School for Boys a boarding school and because of his father's sudden orders to ship off to India, he is required to stay with his aunt and uncle in Farnham.

When he starts his holiday, he is a curious slightly naive young man, but through the series of events that occur in the book Holmes matures and is changed profoundly, he has faced death, found love and defeated true evil.

In terms of his relationships, he idolises his older brother Mycroft, he likes Matty who becomes his new sidekick, has developed confused feelings for Virginia, and is intrigued by the mysterious astute Crowe. Sherlock's older brother who works for the Foreign Office in London. An American hunter and tracker who is a highly unusual tutor preferring to focus on practical learning. He is described as a large man with white hair and a large beard. He is doing undercover work in Britain tracking down American Civil War criminals.

Amyus Crowe's daughter, unhappy with England because of a negative experience she and her father experienced on the way to the United Kingdom, is a free-spirited, outspoken girl.

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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud - Scholastic Kids' Club

She is described to be a red-haired lass with violet eyes, tanned skin, and freckles. She is an excellent horseback rider. Mrs Eglantine Holmes Manor; she is sinister and does not welcome new guests. Mycroft Holmes told Sherlock in a letter, that she is "no friend to the Holmes family". The Baron is the mastermind behind the mystery of the Death Cloud, and because of serious injuries sustained by him at the Charge of the Light Brigade his locomotion is achieved in a unique way, akin to a puppet his servants control strings attached to his limbs.

He hates the British Empire and plans to destroy the British Army with the bees. Based on the success of Charlie Higson 's bestselling Young Bond series, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle authorised a series of books detailing the life of the teenage Sherlock Holmes.

Andrew Lane

One of Lane's key aims is to explain some of the complexities of Holmes' character, who is scientific and analytical on the one hand, and artistic and moody on the other. This is highlighted several times throughout the novel in small ways and it goes a long way to explain the Sherlock we meet later in the Conan Doyle novels.

Mycroft feels that Sherlock should be tutored during the school holidays and therefore he hires an American newly come to England to do this.

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The American, Amyus Crowe, is an enigma, amusing and highly intelligent. As he takes Sherlock under his wing, he lays the groundwork in Sherlock's young mind to become the detective we all know and love. The overall mystery and story-telling is ace. There is a great sense of place and era.

The case had me going. Several dead bodies are found with odd swellings. The rumour is that it's some kind of plague and things become pretty bad in the local area as people become suspicious of everyone else, the market in the town reduces to almost nothing. It's bad for business. Between Matty and Sherlock, they stumble from one nightmare encounter to the next, and as they do, they start figuring out what's going on. The villain in the set piece is deviously dark and unhinged and deadly and vile and I adored it.

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The final scenes are high adrenalin and pretty macabre. Young Sherlock Holmes , as I mentioned earlier, is written very well.

It's a smooth easy read and once I got into the story, the language, and the characters, the book took off with various twists and turns. It's packed full of action, some scenes of violence and did I mention action? Actually, come to think of it, some of the scenes may not be appropriate to readers younger than say 13, so I do advise caution. It's a great read aimed at boys in the teen market but I suspect more than a few adult Sherlock Holmes fans will be picking it up to read. I don't think they'll be disappointed! Return to Index We're interested in your feedback.

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