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Monday, December 5, 2011

Mom and Me Mondays: Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes) by Andrew Lane

Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes #1)
by Andrew Lane
Macmillan Children's Books (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-330-51198-8
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Due to mild violence)
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Description: The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

Jake's Review:  This one was hard to read, but it was still a good exciting story.  There are a lot of words I had to have mom explain to me so it took me a long time to read it. I also think it was a little old for me as there was some really scary stuff in it.  I did like that Sherlock Holmes was a teenager and got to solve mysteries and help people.   He was really smart at figuring out things and got to do a lot of stuff on his own. I felt bad for him at times because he was sort of all on his own with no Mom or Dad to help him out.   T

Jake's Rating:  7/10

Mom's Review:  After reading this I realized it might have been a wee bit too old for Jake. Some of the language was difficult for a 10 yr old boy and it dealt with some rather violent scenes (Nothing too graphic though).  Now I personally found it delightful, dark, witty and exciting and would recommend it more for teens with more sophisticated tastes.  It did drag a wee bit in spots for me and I was frustrated with some of the repetition, but you have to remember it is not written for moms. The author obviously has researched Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle and the London of the 1860's as it rings very true. Fans of the original Holmes will see that the young Sherlock in this series could very well develop into Doyle's Holmes. He has his mannerisms, his intellect and you can see his passions for detective work developing. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Mom's Rating: 8/10

We received the book from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review


  1. Hi Jakew, Hi Mom,

    Thanks for the great review. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the book. I'm just about to start writing the 5th book in the series (we've got up to number 4 in the UK so far).


    Andrew Lane

  2. Andrew: You ar most welcome and looking forward to reading the rest of the series over Christmas -- the publisher sent me the whole set to review - starting the 2nd book tomorrow on my 1st day off