Review: Night Break (Young Sherlock Holmes #8)

Our book/reading group has been reading and reviewing quite a few books this term. This is one of mine.

This is the eighth book in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. As with the other stories in this series the period detail is well-researched and convincing, the characters are engaging and the plotting is excellent.

Night Break (Young Sherlock Holmes, #8)

Night Break by Andrew Lane

In this story the Holmes brothers, Sherlock and  Mycroft, are called back to their family home for the funeral of their mother. They begin to prepare for her funeral and sort through what needs to be done as well as trying to decide how best to support their sister, Emma.
They are all dealing with a sense of loss so when Emma claims that faceless men are visiting the house Sherlock doesn’t believe her. However Sherlock investigates and discovers that three men in bizarre disguises have broken into the house in the middle of the night. When Sherlock finds them he is viciously attacked. The family seems to be caught up in some strange mystery that they have no understanding or knowledge of.
The next occurrence involves men, posing as builders, attacking their sister’s fiancé. Both Mycroft and Sherlock independently deduce that the mystery is somehow connected to the building of the Suez Canal. The paths they then follow turn out to be very different, as Sherlock, with his ever loyal friend Matty, setting out for Egypt, determined to discover just what is going on. He feels betrayed by his brother and follows his own instincts to get to the bottom of what is going on. The nature of loyalties and friendship is called into question before the book is finished.

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Made a few years ago, the trailer below is a good introduction to the series and should whet the appetite of all young crime and detective fiction readers

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Young Sherlock Holmes

I have just finished reading the first in the Young Sherlock Holmes series Death Cloud by Andrew Lane. I have always loved the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and have also collected all the movie and television adaptations over the years.

This first in a new series of books is a good adventure story set in Victorian England. It does not matter if you have not read Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, this one works fine on its own.
Death Cloud is a fast-paced, interesting and easy to read story that should appeal to many YA readers. We have a unit on the crime genre and I have converted a few boys into Sherlock Holmes readers. This story and the other stories I have been reading recently, the Tim Pigott-Smith stories about the Baker Street Irregulars (First mentioned by Arthur Conan Doyle in the Study In Scarlet) are a good addition to the Sherlock Holmes section of the library.

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