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Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  4,456 ratings  ·  797 reviews
1868 England, Sherlock Holmes 14 unexpectedly summers with Farnham relations, befriends orphan Matt. Why does a dark cloud float from a corpse covered in red boils? Sherlock fights, runs, gets caught, drugged, whipped, ordered killed; defending bystander is fatally knifed. Americans, logical tutor Amyus Crowe and daughter Virginia in well-fitting breeches help.
Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Macmillan Children's (first published January 1st 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I'm going to put this book in the 'not bad, but could have been better' classification. I have my own perceptions about how young Sherlock Holmes would be and this one isn't real close to my ideas. Yeah, I'm not sure I can clarify that right now, so I won't try. I just found the book disappointing in how it did craft young Holmes.

I did like the fact that Holmes has a mentor in an American who brings to mind a cross between Mark Twain and Wyatt Earp/Doc Holiday. Mr. Crow helps to develop Holmes'
A book recounting the childhood of Sherlock Holmes should be fascinating, witty, clever, and interesting. Death Cloud is none of those things. Sherlock Holmes has endured in popularity because of his unique personality--but Andrew Lane doesn't give his Holmes any personality at all. In my mind, a young Sherlock would be much like Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce: brash, brilliant, and imaginative with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. According to Lane, however, Holmes never showed any particul ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I'm just going to get this review out of the way, because I have a lot of reviews to do and not much to say about this book.

Essentially, Death Cloud is the first book in a series about a teenage Sherlock Holmes. According to the original cover of this book, he looked a lot like Justin Bieber in his youth:


Basically, J. Biebs Sherlock Holmes is trying to solve a mystery in this book involving a mysterious cloud that has been descending on people and leaving them dead with creepy boils all over
Feb 24, 2011 j marked it as to-not-read-ever  ·  review of another edition
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It's elementary, my dear Usher.

"To Justin Bieber she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Robyn Rihanna Fenty. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his swooping, precise but admirably balanced bangs.

He was, I take it, the most perfect grin flashing and eyelash-fluttering machine that the world has seen,
Jackie "the Librarian"
I find Sherlock Holmes MUCH more interesting as an extremely educated, arrogant drug-using eccentric than as a smart, highly coiffed, but not-particularly-peculiar teenager. But then, what can you expect when Sherlock appears to be a Justin Bieber clone on the cover of the book? I know Sherlock, and the Bieb is not him.
The set up: Fourteen-year-old Sherlock is left to his own devices when he is sent to spend school holiday with a distant aunt and uncle. He explores the surrounding woods and mee
Giovanni Gelati
Have you seen the cover of this YA novel? It appears to me that Justin Bieber is Sherlock Holmes. I am not hating on the Bieb’s mind you, I am just trying to say I was a bit surprised. The only two people left sporting such a hair do left were, I thought, the Biebs and Tom Brady. But I digress. Having said absolutely nothing at all constructive about the novel, I turn the post and the blog over to daughter number five as she took one look at the cover and said, ”What the hey, I’ll give it a shot ...more
Okay I have seen these books listed and displayed in numerous places but never really thought about reading them until i was presented with an offer too good to resist - (how many books have I bought with those very lines I wonder) but I was about to buy the entire series - in paperback - for the price of a single title.

Anyway I do love a good Sherlock story however there are so many of them around - based on every aspect and era of his life including those not mentioned in the Doyle originals
Бранимир Събев
"Всяка история си има начало..."

Когато за пръв път Артър Конан Дойл ни запознава с безсмъртния си герой Шерлок Холмс в първата история за него - "Етюд в червено", то пристрастеният към лулата, цигулката и кокаина велик детектив е в Христова възраст с установени навици, развити умения и изграден стил на работа. Но какво е било преди това? За това ще ви разкаже авторът Андрю Лейн.

Годината е 1868-а и 14-годишният Шерлок Холмс с разочарование научава, че през ваканцията няма да остане у дома заедно
Cait Grace
I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and a huge un-fan (totally a thing) of this book. What even is this?!! I love Sherlock Holmes because he’s SMART. The “young Holmes” was one of the dumbest most incompetent teenagers I’ve ever read. I am so furious right now. Because:
a) I was freaking bored
b) the mystery sucked
c) the villains were so cliché I choked
d) Did I mention how boring the book was?
e) there was no “Sherlock-ness” about this book. None. At all.

This is the strength of little Sherlie’s dedu
I went into this book with a certain amount of trepidation—I blame this solely on the cover, which featured a 14-year-old boy with perfectly tousled Justin-Bieber-Before-The-Haircut hair. My brain sort of exploded at that, because it was so… not Holmes. But I suspended my disbelief. Surely,I told myself, consulting detectives were once small teen pop idol lookalikes, right? Right!

Once I actually got into the book itself, though, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the silly thing was. I
This review contains spoilers.

The book was okay, but I did have some issues with it. First of all, it wasn't much of a mystery. It was a mystery for Sherlock to figure out but there was nothing for the reader to figure out. Second, the author kept repeating himself and I would have expected an editor to catch it but apparently not. There were a couple of times where Sherlock turned away and then in the very next paragraph he turned away again.

There were other things that made me feel like the a
An enjoyable take on how a young Sherlock Holmes may have grown up. However I personally have a very different idea about what a young Sherlock Holmes would have been like. As such I found myself a little under-awed by the work in this novel. It still is a fine example of story-telling aimed at children that can be enjoyed by adults however.

I feel that perhaps personally one of the great things about Sherlock Holmes is his mysterious past. No one truly knows who the man is or where he came from.
Canny writers/publishers/producers have been cottoning on to the notion that there's money to be made in mining the adolescent and teen years of male heroes -- witness The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones or the Young Bond series. And since Sherlock Holmes is in all likelihood the most pastiched fictional character in history, it came as little surprise to come across this first in what will likely be a lengthy series of "Young Sherlock Holmes" books. Although I do enjoy the Sherlock Holmes can ...more
a fitting tale of young Sherlock... i could hear sherlock's 'voice' quite well and fell into the tale quite easily... the new characters (matty, amyus, virginia) were fleshed out well and I loved their personalities.

The 'case' Sherlock and company were solving was fairly exciting in parts and when the conclusion was revealed I wanted to turn and smack the villain and utter a few choice words, devious but also an idiot he was.. but I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of him as of yet.

It wa
"Death Cloud" is the first in a series of the adventures of young Sherlock Holmes. The book has been approved by the Sir. Author Conan Doyle estate, so you know it's going to be good! This book is really the perfect combination of action/adventure and logical explanations. I love the logic Sherlock is starting to cultivate, and it's great to see everything explained in a detailed way. The explanation of the Death Cloud itself is quite intriguing.

I loved the characters, Sherlock is so lovable in
Jabiz Raisdana
I can see why young readers would like this book- adventure, creepy bad guys, mysterious and cool little facts about things,(Like bees and history)but this genre and this book were not for me. It took me forever to finish this one because the characters felt flat and the plot bizarre.

I think I like my fiction a bit more realistic, my characters a bit more dysfunctional and awkward and the writing a bit more crafted. Not much on theme or craft here, but it is a fun ride for those of you who like
Janine Zachariae
Sommerferien und Sherlock muss zu Tante und Onkel Holmes, die er kaum kennt.
Anfangs findet er alles recht langweilig, doch dann lernt er Matty kennen.
Mycroft engagiert einen Lehrer, der eigentlich keiner ist und plötzlich findet Sherlock einen toten Mann, der seltsame Beulen aufweist.
Typisch Sherlock: mischt sich überall ein und versucht etwas logisches zu erschließen.

Die Geschichte ist gut geschrieben, spannend und Abenteuer reich. An manchen Stellen hat es sich etwas hin gezögert, aber vielle
2 stars

This book disappointed me, which in turn had me disappointed with myself. I assumed I would love it - an insight into the early years of Sherlock Holmes before coming into the character everyone universally recognises today. 'Death Cloud' did not do that for me.

Sherlock had about as much personality as my little finger. And honestly, I think that is an insult to my finger. I liked the idea of him having a mentor who would teach him how to think, but I found Sherlock a bit stupid to begin
This was a quick, entertaining read - an enjoyable kids' historical action/adventure/mystery (with a nice amount of educational information sprinkled into the plot without it coming off too pedagogical).

I liked the characters well enough, even though none of them truly grabbed me (but I don't usually expect much character development from a relatively short children's book, especially if it's the first of a series). I liked Matty, Amyus Crowe was interesting if not exactly unsubtle in the "let's
I love Sherlock Holmes. And by that I don’t just mean I love Robert Downey Jr., though I do, I really love the Arthur Conan Doyle stories of this unstable genius of a man. However, I wasn’t all that excited to read about Sherlock as a kid. Then something on the cover caught my eye and reassured me. This is the first series about young Sherlock Holmes to be endorsed/approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.

Everything about this book is amazing and CRAZY.
Sherlock has to go live with his uncle an
Death Cloud is a prequel to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. It is the first book in an developing series that shows the development of Sherlock Holmes. In the first installment, teenage Sherlock is sent to spend a summer with his aunt and uncle in a small town where he uncovers the truth behind two mysterious deaths. He is assisted by his wise American tutor, Amyus Crowe, Crowe's daughter and a homeless boy. Through the course of the novel, Sherlock makes his first friends, escapes death numero ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created, and the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories remain popular, as do many spin-offs in both books and film for adults and young people. A new series by British writer Andrew Lane imagines Sherlock as a fourteen-year old boy solving his first murder mysteries. The first volume in this series, Death Cloud, starts off a bit slowly but soon turns into an intriguing murder mystery.

Andrew Lane writes that his intention with thi
Where do I start? This book was definitely exciting and filled with revelations. I actually bought this book months ago but got to the first page and couldn't bring myself to keep on reading it, so it sat in my book box for a long time. I felt like reading it one night, though, so I picked it up and I'm really glad I did. Its the first in a series of adventures featuring young Sherlock Holmes and, naturally, with that name comes great expectations of a story that can bring you to the edge of you ...more
I've grown up knowing who Sherlock Holmes was, but most of my knowledge base was from Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective." More recently, I enjoyed the Robert Downey Jr. movie and the British tv series. I decided to give the actual literature I try. I'm half way through my second short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and am enjoying them. So I was excited about the premiss of this book, especially since it's endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.

Even with that limited exposure to the w
The story begins promisingly with Sherlock's brother Mycroft coming to inform him that Sherlock would not be spending his vacation at home, but instead, with his uncle and aunt, whom he had never seen.

And yes, that is young Sherlock Holmes we are talking about, and this is accessible Holmes for young adults, quite easy to read and fast-paced.

Adults would find characters like Amyus Crowe, Sherlock's tutor, and Mycroft, his elder brother (who seems to be some big shot in an intelligence office) in
I was a little leery digging into a YA novel that delved into the origins of Sherlock Holmes. The very origins that are so widely speculated upon and debated upon by Holmes scholars with very little consensus.

I went into the novel with fairly low expectations and was frankly, quite impressed. While, what was presented by Lane may or may not pass muster with the scholars, I found the story engaging and the characters colorful and believable and am looking forward to reading the other books in the
I liked this book. I liked the story and I liked the characters. The problem was that it didn't feel much like a book about Sherlock Holmes. I know it's the first in the series and Sherock's character will probably develop a lot, but he just felt too much like a normal boy to ever become the Sherlock Holmes we know and love. Also, I thought the romance was corny and unoriginal, and I spotted many minor plotholes along the way. Still, things I did like were (view spoiler) ...more
Amy Bentley
A very well written book! Loved it!
sherlock holmes has just started to develop his detecting skills in this book. he is really just an amateur so we have to overlook his mistakes for now, which i hope that will be lesser in the coming books. we are also introduced to his very profound interest in bees in his first case. and not to mention his taste for (view spoiler). the teenage sherlock's characteristics seem different from his adult self, i.e. he has more friends, though ...more
Gavin Franks
The genre of this book is detective novel that dives into the early years of Sherlock Holmes. It also briefly mentions historical events that happened during the times after the civil war. The main audiences that this book is intended for I believe is for young adults. During this story young Sherlock is forced to move in with his Aunt and Uncle. During this time his older brother wishes for him to be tutored and during that time two men mysteriously died.
What I liked about this book was the de
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Andrew Lane (born 1963), who also writes as Andy Lane, is a British author and journalist. He has written a number of spin-off novels in the Virgin New Adventures range and audio dramas for Big Finish based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who[1][2] (and a novel for the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood), as well as assorted non-fiction books based upon popular film and TV franchise ...more
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“The door opened after a few moments. Sherlock was looking slightly upwards, expecting Amyus Crowe to be standing inside the doorway, and for a moment he was confused by the empty space. His gaze droped, and he felt his heart stutter as it came to rest on the face of a girl at the same level as his own. Her cloths were dark, and in the shadows of the hall her face seemed to be floating in mid-air.” 4 likes
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