Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
By Andrew Lane
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (June 4, 2010)
Andrew Lane takes Arthur Conan Doyle's best loved character Sherlock Holmes, makes him a teenager, and dumps him into a summer holiday mystery.
Sherlock's father has gone off to India, his mum is too sick to have him, brother Mycroft is in London, so Sherlock is sent off to Hampshire to stay with his uncle and aunt. Within days Sherlock stumbles onto his first mystery involving a mysterious murder and an evil baron.
When I was reading this, I stopped to wonder if I would have read it if the hero wasn't called Sherlock Holmes. The answer is probably. Lane's Holmes isn't exactly how I imagined him, but the plot is good, and the story flows swiftly. I also love the way Mycroft sends his little brother a tutor whose training is what will later make Sherlock such a great detective. This is the first of a series, so expect more stories in the near future.
For adult readers, I recommend The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King. In this tale Sherlock Holmes is in his 50s, retired, and living in the country. He takes on a young woman partner whose brains match his. The story is fantastic, and the characters truly wonderful. I'm afraid I picked it up at a bargain book sale so I don't know what it costs. But you can read about it at Amazon. I'm looking out for more King books.