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Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case (The Boy Sherlock Holmes #2)

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After the harrowing experience of losing his mother while solving a brutal murder in London’s East End, young Sherlock Holmes commits himself to fighting crime … and is soon involved in another case. While visiting his father at the magnificent Crystal Palace, Sherlock stops to watch a remarkable and dangerous trapeze performance high above, framed by the stunning glass ce ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by Tundra Books (first published April 8th 2008)
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Apr 24, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now that I know who this version of Holmes we can go off into the mystery. I know that Holmes is young here so I shouldn't be expecting him to act like the Holmes I know but it's there. I'm also finding myself waiting for Watson to walk on screen, I mean we already have young!Lestrade so why not Watson? ;) Anywho the mystery was alright and the ending seems almost precisely the same as the last book which is really what bugs me. I know it's going to take time for Holmes to rise but I'm really ho ...more
Nathaniel Ubana
[The gang members don’t care about what they have left behind, what destruction they have wrought… nor will they fret about destroying anything that lies in front of them. People like this are barely human.]

Recently affected by the events of the previous murder case, Sherlock Holmes was by chance present during a supposed accident, which led him to believe that it was time to use his detective skills once again.
The opening chapter started out with the ‘accident’, immediately setting the excit
3.5 stars

In the second book in the series “starring” a 13-year old Sherlock Holmes, Holmes is watching a trapeze performance when one of the performers flies off the bar and lands near Holmes. It appears that someone cut the bar and Holmes is determined to find out who did it. Holmes is also currently homeless and manages to find an apothecary to take him in in return for his help.

I quite enjoyed the mystery in this one, but up until the end, I wasn’t as interested in the secondary characters.
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 15, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This second book in the series really works on 13-year-old Sherlock Holmes character. Peacock is laying the groundwork for how the boy became the man with all his idiosyncrasies. The first book started him off on detective work and showed us where he came from. This book continues by showing how Holmes developed his deductive reasoning as he moves in to apprentice with a very intelligent but down on his luck medical man, who is far ahead of the times with h
Thania Ruiz
Feb 14, 2015 Thania Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Peacock, Shane. Death in the Air. Toronto: Tundra, 2008. Print.
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Series: Book 2

Grades 4-8
Shane Peacock's Boy Sherlock Holmes series is the perfect Young Sherlock for the middle grade set. In this series there are individual mysteries but an overarching storyline as we see Sherlock learn lessons and develop as a character into the man we know from the original stories. Picking up where Death of a Crow leaves off Sherlock is devastated from an
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
The Boy Sherlock Holmes series tells the story of the childhood of the world’s most famous detective. In his first adventure, Eye of the Crow, we met Sherlock as a very young boy as he solved his first big case and committed his life to fighting crime.

In this second adventure, Sherlock witnesses a famous trapeze artist fall to his death. Sherlock observes that something isn’t right at the crime scene and suspects foul play. Again, Sherlock is a step ahead of the bobbies (police), especially Scot
Canadian Children's Book Centre
In this sequel to the award-winning Eye of the Crow, Shane Peacock continues the development of his 13-year-old main character into the dispassionate, analytical adult detective. Irene Doyle and Malefactor both reappear and play key roles. Peacock flings the reader straight into the mystery with the dramatic fall of Monsieur Mercure, a trapeze artist performing at the Crystal Palace. This tale picks up mere weeks after the end of the first case. Sherlock is at the Crystal Palace to see his fathe ...more
Lady Knight
I must say that this installment of the Young Sherlock Holmes Series by Shane Peacock was a vast improvement on the previous one. It was good, but this one was much, much better! We realy get inside Sherlock's head, see and understand his shame more, and see how and why he develops his calloused exterior. Still not exactly a young child's book, but very good!

Sherlock is still bitter about his mother's death and swears that he will rise in the world so as to fulfill her dream. But to do that he n
The boy Holmes is back again. Now living with a down-on-his-luck apothecary, Holmes is trying to figure out what to do with his life now that his mother is gone and his father is unresponsive. He'd like to finish school, but that requires money; something he doesn't have any of.

One night, while visiting his father at the Palace, he observes a trapeze artists act. Suddenly the trapeze breaks and the man hit the floor and spends the rest of the book in a coma. The police think it's purely an accid
Sherlock Holmes is a boy who is gifted with crime-solving abilities. While visiting his father at his workplace, a horrendous crime has taken place. Someone has attempted the murder of one of the world's greatest acrobats! Also, Sherlock needs the reward money to help his trusted guardian, Sigerson Bell, keep his apothecary. Will the young sleuth be able to save his friend and solve the murder in less than a week?

Rating 4.5/5

I picked this book up because I have read "Eye of the Crow" and I thou
Mar 06, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Shane Peacock book I've read and Death in the Air is one of the best book I've read. There wasn't much foreshadowing, like in other mystery books I've read, and it really helped with keeping the secret of the book until you've read all the way through the book.
At the beginning of the book when the crime happened Peacock put only one clue in for the readers to try to figure out who did it and how did they do it. He also wrote about the rivalry between Sherlock and Malefactor. He
Apr 12, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

After the harrowing experience of losing his mother while solving a brutal murder in London’s East End, young Sherlock Holmes commits himself to fighting crime … and is soon involved in another case. While visiting his father at the magnificent Crystal Palace, Sherlock stops to watch a remarkable and dangerous trapeze performance high above, framed by the stunning glass ceiling of the legendary building. Suddenly, the troupe’s star is dropping, screaming and flailing, toward the floor. He lands

Aug 17, 2009 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like this book except for the last line and maybe Sigerson Bell. Ok, here are the facts: (The the first book is The Eye of the Crow, which I have not read and that fact might add to my un-appriciation of the whole thing). In this book, the young Sherlock Holmes sets off again to solve his second mystery while steeling himself to emotion, and I'll say, documents, his childhood and influences, sort of trying to explain why he becomes what he does in the future. That is, you know, m ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bungkam…. aku

Sherlock sepertinya punya aura yang mengundang kejahatan terjadi. Untuk kesekian kalinya ia KEBETULAN berada di lokasi kejadian terjadi sebuah kejahatan. Bagi banyak orang, Monsieur Mercure sang bintang trapeze meregang nyawa akibat kecelakaan saat menjalankan aksinya. Tidak bagi Sherlock yang mencium aroma pembunuhan.

Sherlock mulai mengurai benang kusut berdasarkan hasil pengamatannya. Sosok Dr, Watson belum terlihat dalam buku ini. Tapi kita sudah berkenalan dengan Dr. Bell seoran
Excellent second installment in the series. This time Holmes is living with an eccentric apothecary, having upset his father so much from what happened at the end of book one that Holmes senior can't stand the sight of his own son. Sherlock is determined to solve a crime and gain public credit for it, as well as a monetary reward to better his circumstances, and the chance may have come when a famous trapeze artist plummets to near death and Sherlock suspects it was not an accident. I think thes ...more
Win Koring
Apr 25, 2016 Win Koring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story had many parts to it that had me sweating because it was so intense and near death situations. For example, when Holmes was high up in the building looking and examining the crystal palace he almost fell to his death but was luckily rescued. But there I only one thing that I wish they included more of. That is the life of his dad and how he lives now. Because I still want to know how he lives now with no wife and son. The only thing that just makes me want to break something is that he ...more
Since his first investigation lead to his mother's death, young Sherlock Holmes has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the pursuit of justice, even if it costs him his few remaining relationships. His next big case lands literally at his feet when the famous acrobat Monsieur Mercure falls from his trapeze and hits the ground right in front of Sherlock, a victim of sabotage. With his keen brain and the tutelage of his brilliant master Sigerson Bell, he is halfway to solving the mystery before any ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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13-year old Sherlock Holmes is back for more crime-fighting! He has a strange ability to take one piece of evidence (view spoiler) and uncover not only the crime related to the piece of evidence BUT some huge criminal masterminds plot for London domination. (view spoiler)
The map was completely useless to me because no matter how hard I looked, the only thing I could find was the Thames Tunnel.
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Meher Pahuja
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Luis Reséndiz
Aug 27, 2016 Luis Reséndiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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aunque el final es quizá fastidiosamente parecido al del primer volumen --en esto se parece un tanto a la saga potter, de la que naturalmente es prima cercana--, la inclusión de sigerson bell, el mentor de sherlock, le da un bonito respiro cómico a la historia. lo malo es la exclusión de irene doyle, que en la primera novela fue algo así como el watson de este joven holmes, y acá no pasa de ser una damisela en peligro además de motivo para que sherlock y malefactor --en quien intuyo al futuro mo ...more
Young Sherlock Holmes is back in his second adventure -- a murder mystery involving the death of a trapeze artist. Fans will want to match wits with the famous teen-detective as he discovers one convoluted clue after another.

The third person narration places a buffer between the reader and text, but after an initial adjustment to the slightly formal prose (appropriate to the period) the reader is quickly engaged in the fascinating mystery. Details about historic London, Victorian entertainment
I didn't really like the first Boy Sherlock book, so I didn't expect to like this one. I wasn't disappointed.

It kind of seems like everyone's lost their minds in this book. Sherlock himself, Malefactor, Irene... they're all SO ANGRY all the time.

The only really good part is Sigerson Bell, who is quite a cool character.

I still don't know where Shane Peacock's going with this series, and I don't even know if he has some master plan or if he's just writing along happily. Guess I'll find out eventua
Feb 14, 2015 JulieLaLa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly good book that I would recommend to adult fans of mysteries! The story features a young Sherlock Holmes who tries to solve a murder and bring a ruthless criminal gang to justice, while trying to save his mentor, Sigurson Bell (a wonderful character!). The writing is excellent in bringing 1800s London to life, and with exploring a juicy mystery. The young Sherlock is an intriguing boy and the reader is privileged to discover the early experiences that will form the man.
Jan 28, 2016 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something fresh and different! I enjoyed both Peacock's writing style and the boy Holmes he has developed. The mystery as well was better than some juv mysteries I've read but not the best part of this reading. Will go back now and read the first of this series which will help explain some of the relationships and references I encountered in this title.
Fida Kharisma
Apr 05, 2013 Fida Kharisma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished reading this, the life of young Sherlock Holmes after his mother died. And this Death in the Air is much better than the first book I think, with all the changes of Sherlock's life and all that he has. And I'm kinda sad knowing that he didn't get what he deserves once again. Poor you Sherlock. Good reads.
Sep 28, 2008 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this captured Victorian England perfectly. And the descriptions of the high flying trapeze artists were very realistic (apparently Peacock, in real life, knows how to walk a tightrope). The ending surprised me, but also sets the tone for the next book and helps explain why Sherlock becomes so "detached" when he grows up.
In this second book of the series, Sherlock is back and out to prove himself - and help some others on the way. But the London of his day is brutal to the destitute, Jewish boy. Peacock's Holmes is fast on his way to becoming the brilliant and misanthropic detective I knew and loved.
Jan 06, 2015 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book more, and found the plot more interesting. But this book got more detail of what Sherlock was thinking, and the themes I found were clearer in this book. I found the start the best, and I got a little less interested as I read more.
Jun 06, 2011 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sold follow-up read to the first book in this series.

As the series progresses, I love to see how Holmes hones his detecting skills and how Bell gives him the sense of home that he so desperately desires.
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Shane Peacock was born in 1957 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, one of four brothers. He attended school in the northern town of Kapuskasing, before attending university, where he studied history and English literature. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of six novels and three plays, and has been nominated for numerous awards including several National Magazine Awards and t ...more
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