Lane, Andrew Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins)
Farrar Strauss 2010 309p 16.99 978-0-374-38767-9 VG-BN
This is the first book of a series that tries to account for how Sherlock Holmes grew up to be the detective he was. The book has bee authorized by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle. It was the summer of 1868, Sherlock was looking forward to a summer away from Deepdene boarding school. However, his brother arrives to tell him that he will be staying with an uncle in a remote village because his father has been called off to India.
Within days he meets Matthew Arnatt, a local urchin who lives on a barge. He also finds a dead man as he is walking through the woods with his tutor looking for edible mushrooms. He is curious about what killed the man. This causes him to investigate some unusual happenings that result in his getting trapped in a burning barn. It seems that mayhem follows Sherlock as he is beaten, kidnapped not once but twice, tracked killer bees, and escaped from a chateau in France before ending this chapter of his adventures.
Readers will be enthralled with the fast paced activities and antics of the two boys. Romance enters as Sherlock begins to like Virginia, the tutor’s daughter. They will also be intrigue with Amyus Crowe, the tutor, who is obviously much more than a typical tutor.
The cover of the book will be a hit with readers because of the Bieber like haircut on the cover image of Sherlock Holmes. McNei, Linda