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Death in the Air (The Boy Sherlock Holmes #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  617 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Tundra Books
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Apr 24, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
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
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
Thania Ruiz
Feb 14, 2015 Thania Ruiz rated it it was amazing
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Mar 06, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Meher Pahuja
Jan 06, 2015 Meher Pahuja rated it really liked it
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Win Koring
Apr 25, 2016 Win Koring rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 15, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Feb 14, 2015 JulieLaLa rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 12, 2013 Al rated it really liked it

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
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 09, 2013 Ravindu rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 28, 2016 Missy rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 06, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
Still a good book, and a good follow-up to the first in the series, but it definitely moves a lot slower until about halfway through. More information about Sherlock's past is revealed, with amusing nods to both the Canon and the actual history of the time.
Jan 06, 2015 Ella rated it liked it
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.
Feb 15, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
This one was far better than the first novel of this series. I feel like it wasn't dragged down by Sherlock trying to sort out becoming a detective. Also, I enjoyed the circus aspect of this story.
Apr 09, 2012 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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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Jul 03, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
The second book remains riveting as the first..who knows criminals are so ingenious! Furthermore, each character remain unique.
Gail Loyd
Jan 16, 2015 Gail Loyd rated it it was amazing
Number 2 in the series. Still enjoying the author's backward speculation on the sources of Holmes skills and quirks.
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
Nov 07, 2014 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
If you liked The Eye of the Crow, then you will love this other book in the series.
Feb 22, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
loving this series. So intriguing and twisty, with great characters and plotting
Victoria Vasquez
Aug 26, 2014 Victoria Vasquez marked it as to-read
It's the 2nd book about Sherlock Holmes when he was a kid.
Maggie Wood
Aug 01, 2015 Maggie Wood rated it it was amazing
Best boy-Sherlock series EVER!
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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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