Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
(Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins)

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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.

 

About Andrew Lane

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ANDREW LANE works for the British government and has been an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan since the age of ten. He has written numerous spin-off novels based on the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who and is the author of The Bond Files: An Unofficial Guide to the World's Greatest Secret Agent. He lives in Dorset, England.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Crime. Fiction

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This first in a new series about Sherlock Holmes as a teenager finds the dismayed hero taken by his brother Mycroft to stay with a stuffy uncle in the country for his summer school holiday.

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The New York Times

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There is something ironic then in this novel’s claim to being “the first teen series endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate,” and in any case, the Conan Doyle estate no longer controls the copyright to Sherlock Holmes as strictly as it once did.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lane (The Bond Files, for adults) doesn't quite hit the mark in this British novel (authorized by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle) that launches the Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins series, about the detective's life as a teenager.

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The Bookbag

It also reads a bit more like fan fiction than a 'proper' book in some places – there's lots of nods to the original books, including the famous quote about eliminating the impossible, and a villain whose surname starts with M (and therefore presumably starts the famous M index which would go on ...

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Teen Reads

Lane paints a vivid picture of the danger and drudgery of British life, and his creative insight into Sherlock's early influences are fascinating, with glimpses of Sherlock's family background, education, development of a curious mind --- and hints of the beginning of an addiction.

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Gather Books

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

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Chicago Tribune

For a reader who has outgrown the Hardy Boys' adventures but still seeks mystery-solving plots, Andrew Lane's invention of a teenage Sherlock Holmes will seem timely.

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