The Secret Fiend (The Boy Sherlock Holmes, #4)
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The Secret Fiend (The Boy Sherlock Holmes #4)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  30 reviews
It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister of the Empire. Sherlock's beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice, the hatter's daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has made off with her friend. At first Sherlock t...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Tundra Books (first published April 14th 2010)
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James Mccarron
May 19, 2010 James Mccarron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers over 10 years of age
Shelves: literature
This is the fourth book in Shane Peacock's incredibly rich and wonderful series about Sherlock Holmes as he developed during his youth. The story in this case concerns a "fiend" known as the Spring-Heeled Jack. The Spring-Heeled Jack originated in actual claimed sightings in 1837, and eventually evolved into a kind of bogeyman of cheap Victorian serial tabloid fiction. The case begins after a childhood friend (Beatrice) of Sherlock is attacked by this "fiend". She becomes a new love interest for...more
Lady Knight
I really, really enjoyed this one! Shane Peacock has done another fantastic job and I really hope he continues on with this series.

This title is certainly branching into the young adult genre with Sherlock going through puberty and begining to notice things like how curvy Irene and Beatrice's bodies have gotten, and a very funny conversation about grabbing men by their "unmentionables" in a self-defense class. The variety of euphemisms ("meat and vegetables", "cricket equipment", "private machin...more
Audra Deemer
Fourth book in an award-winning series for children and teens, The Secret Fiend finds a young Sherlock Holmes trying to not get involved in a case involving a young female admirer. This case revolves around attacks by a believed-to-be-fictional Spring Heeled Jack while paranoia and disorder begin to envelope the country as the Jewish Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister.

Full of historical detail and clues leading to wrong turns, this book will excite young and adult readers. Familiarity wit...more
Stephanie
I love Sherlock Holmes, so I began this book expecting the best. It's written for teens, with a little mystery, a little romance, a lot of Sherlock getting himself into trouble. Not the best Holmes book ever, but I loved that Peacock used one of my very favorite non-ficiton books - Victorian London by Liza Picard- to research for the setting and time period.
Anna
lolz I figured it out before he did!
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the Series.

Shane Peacock has made it to the 4th book in this series and in my opinion the best one so far. I've been consistently rating the books a 4/5, knowing that Mr. Peacock had something more to give that was waiting for my full five rating and "The Secret Fiend" fits the bill. Oh, the case is a bit out there but then some of Doyle's cases were also so I won't hold that against an author who can hold it all together.

Sherlock, who has decided to wait until he has...more
Jackie
Young Sherlock Holmes comes to life in this intriguing, clue-laden mystery set in 1868 England. Reluctant at first to get involved in a puzzling series of attacks by a fiend who mimics Spring Heeled Jack (a fictional character from the Penny Dreadful books), Sherlock is nonetheless drawn into the fray as friends and foes look to him to solve the mystery. Sherlock studies the clues, tracks apparent suspects, and questions the facts in an effort to stop the criminal activity that threatens the pea...more
Christina
In book four of the series, Sherlock must uncover the identity of "Spring-Heeled Jack," a scary caped ruffian with red eyes and blue-flaming breath who is brazenly attacking women around London at night. He doesn't hurt them, just scares and intimidates them, in the guise of a legendary folk character. Sherlock's friend Beatrice is the first witness to such a horror, and for her sake, even though he's sworn off seeking out cases, Sherlock agrees to help. There ends up being more than one Spring-...more
M.
This is the 4th book in a series about the young Sherlock Holmes. Spring Heeled Jack, a character out of old penny dreadfuls, seems to have come alive and is rampaging around London, scaring young women. Sherlock's friend Beatrice has asked him to help. It's a good story, but includes a lot of English political details as well as Sherlock's teenage introspection so needs a reader who isn't too impatient to get to the action. Probably better for middle school or a reader who already is interested...more
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Of the 4 Boy Sherlock books by Peacock, I like this one the best. Sherlock must uncover why a character from penny dreadful has resurfaced to terrorize London. The book is set against the background of changing government, the rise of D'Isreali and class, labor, ethic and suffrage protests.
Uyuki
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did he first two. I have the feeling that the stories are getting a little worse, although I did enjoy to read more about Sigerson Bell, an see him in action was worth the reading. I expected more, I hope the next one is better.

Sarah
Another wonderful book of this series! Shane Peacock writes about Sherlock Homes' childhood and youth with passion, logic, and adventure. I absolutely love this book, and I recommend it to anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes' stories.
Kendall
Three-and-a-half. I just love this series. It's so well-written and the author does an amazing job of keeping you yearning for more. I cannot wait for the next one to arrive!
Kate Murray
Great, as I have come to expect from Peacock.
The only thing is. . . You remember when I said Malefactor reminded me of Moriarty? . . . Yeah, I totally called it.
Brett
This is an amazingly good series, dark but enjoyable. One feels that this is the only way Sherlock Holmes could have become the man in the famous stories.
Heather
I didn't enjoy the plot of this one as much as the previous three. I still enjoyed the characters, though, particularly Sigerson Bell (what a guy!)
Crawford Nettles
Great book. Brillant and interesting, I need to start reading the whole series from the beginning. Great!
Nancy Newton
Young Sherlock’s 4th case in which he nearly has to leave London forever.
This is a very engaging series.
Melissa
I really enjoyed this one and think perhaps it is the best one so far in the series. Highly recommended
stitchnsnitch
I can't wait for more books in this series. This is the best of the series so far! ;)
Kevin
Feb 23, 2013 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bryan
Shelves: england, ibook, london
A very enjoyable Sherlock Holmes series. Each book better than the last.
Spencer
A very intriguing book, Shane Peacock has yet to disappoint.
Tacey
This series is really getting good now!
Akilah Ujima
Really good ! Enjoyed it a lot !
Kate
We get a bit more teenaged introspection here, which is a welcome change from the lamentations of the last book. We also learn a lot more about Sigerson Bell, who just cracks me up. The mystery here is a lot more political, and a result personal to Sherlock. He is also drawn in to this by his friend, Beatrice, who is most insistent that he help her no matter what. Things with Malefactor are much the same while his relationship with Irene improves. A bit more of a mature mystery here, and any rea...more
Crzycdngal
Excellent! Love the series!
Al

It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister of the Empire. Sherlock's beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice, the hatter's daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has made off with her friend. At first Sherlock thinks Beatrice simply wants his attention, and he is reluctant to go back to detective work. He also believes that the Jack

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Sonia
Loved this book!
Arabella
This is not a very high point in this series. It had more predictability than earlier books. IT also had few attempts to bring back old relationships. But some characters are brought back from earlier books. There is major developments between this book and the last book.
Bito Dang
P.4/6 cuốn, không theo lối mòn nào, vẫn rất hay, vừa vặn dễ đọc nhưng í hòi hộp và mang tính điều tra suy luận hơn, thiên nhiều về tình tiết đánh lạc hướng độc giả :p
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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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