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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Series Saturday: Review: Death Cloud (Lane)

Title: Death Cloud
Author: Lane
Genre: Fiction, Series, Mystery, Adventure, Classics, Murder, England

Pages: 311
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Ages: 6th-9th grades

This series starter is a good one, especially for readers looking for a good mystery. 

From the Publisher:
It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. 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.

I love a book that imagines the teen years of a well-known fictional character (Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, etc), and this is one of the better ones I've read. It is also the first one to be endorsed by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

There is a good mystery here, and we get a glimpse at how young Sherlock gets his start. There is also quite a bit of adventure (and a little humor if you're paying attention) that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are now 3 books in this series, with a 4th coming out in October.

And until the 7th, this audiobook is available for FREE download from Sync.  It is also paired with the classic Doyle namesake "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" so you can download one or both for free. A great deal for two terrific books!

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