Black Ice (Young Sherlock Holmes, #3)
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Black Ice (Young Sherlock Holmes #3)

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The year is 1868 and fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes faces his most baffling mystery yet. Mycroft, his older brother, has been found with a knife in his hand, locked in a room with a corpse. Only Sherlock believes that his brother is innocent. But can he prove it?

In a chase that will take him to Moscow and back, Sherlock must discover who has framed Mycroft and why…befor...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Black Ice by Andrew Lane is a Young Sherlock Holmes book and it's about a boy named Sherlock Holmes. One day when he visits his brother Mycroft, he find a dead man who had been stabbed and his brother holding a knife. All the evidence points to Mycroft as the killer but Sherlock know that his brother was framed. Now can he find the real killer before Mycroft is to be killed?
I picked this book up because I read the first two books and they were really good so I wanted to see what would happend to...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do continue to like these covers (so much better than that horrible copy of Death Cloud,!), with the color schemes and the "symbols" that allude to something in the story itself. Though, in all honesty, the silhouette is beginning to irritate me. Don't really know why; it just is.

Characters: Young Sherlock is not improving. He continues to be too emotional, too dependent on others people's good opinion and approval, and his detective skills are laughable. Seriously - ca...more
I liked it. Not as much as the other two, but it was fine. As usual, something goes wrong, and suddenly Sherlock is dodging assassination attempts left and right. In fact, this book went a lot more into Sherlock’s resourcefulness in dodging assassination attempts. What I didn't care for so much was:

1. The bagillions of references to his last adventure in Red Leech (Rebel Fire to me). It's been a LONG time since I've read that, and I forgot a lot of what happened in it. Thus the gratuitous menti...more
Eugene Lau
This book was a little... short. I'm not saying it was rushed, but it was short, in terms of the "book-time".
Sherlock Holmes was kind of a novice, compared to Craig, since it was set in his youthhood. I always thought of Sherlock Holmes as a talented person, who clearly showed his extraordinary capabilities. This book changed my perspective on him; he was a talented person, but he surely didn't show it very clearly.
My favourite character was the main character, Sherlock Holmes, because of how h...more
Taylor Brueckner
The legend of black Ice begins by Sherlock going to Russia to se his brother Mycroft. When Sherlock arrived to see Mycroft he is In a dark room holding a knife and there was a dead man in a chair. Sherlock and his mentor, Amyus Crane start an investigation. They don't know who set the trap or what they wanted or what there Intention was. Later in the investigation Sherlock is running from a villain and a group of feral children in under ground London then became to the Necropolis Railway which c...more
Russia, France, the London underworld -can it get any better? In his latest installment to the Young Sherlock Holmes series, Andrew Lane does not disappoint! Each of his characters are authentic, real, and relatable, and the mysteries just as intricate as ever. It is my hope Young Adult editors and publishers will take a lesson from Mr. Lane's wondrous example and provide a surge of similar stories on library and bookstore shelves everywhere -the Young Sherlock Holmes is truly a gem I am gratefu...more
Have you ever wondered what Sherlock Holmes would have been like as a teenager?

Author Andrew Lane tackles that topic in his series, Sherlock Holmes: A New Beginning. In the latest installment in the series, BLACK ICE, young Sherlock has to come to the aid of his older brother, Mycroft.

Narrator James Langton does an excellent job bringing the various characters to life. His vocalization of the diverse accents adds to the story, as does his interruption of the varied ages of the characters. His ca...more
Ms. Yingling
When Sherlock's brother Mycroft is found coming out of a locked room at the Diogenes Club, wherein lies a dead man, he is arrested and imprisoned. Sherlock and his tutor, Amyus Crowe, can figure out that Mycroft has been drugged and the man has killed himself in a clever way, but the police refuse to believe them. Mycroft thinks that the man is somehow involved in a vast land purchase in the US, and once his club pays bail, he takes off to Russia to try to figure things out. He and Mycroft are t...more
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This is a series that has really started to grow on me and despite several problems I have as a diehard Sherlockian, the books are still very enjoyable, and they are endorsed by the Conon Doyle Estate, so whenever you see the 'stamp of approval' you can be sure that the books are at least going to be true to Sherlock's character and mix well with the cannon. That said, I didn't think this book was the best in the series so far, but I'll talk about my problems in a m...more
In occasione della Fiera dei Libri per Bambini edizione 2013, la casa editrice DeAgostini ha deciso di regalare ai suoi giovani lettori il terzo volume della bellissima e appassionante serie Young Sherlock Holmes.
Inoltre, per alcuni fortunati – e sì, noi di Sognando Leggendo siamo fra questi! -, l’autore e giornalista britannico Andrew Lane, conosciuto come Andy Lane, è stato invitato a Bologna proprio per presentare a noi lettori italiani questo terzo volume della serie che vede come protagonis...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Sherlock Holmes, the character who can look at you and instantly analyze and deduce every aspect of your life. The honed skills of looking and noticing the details in a situation that allow him to deduce and solve the crime.
But somewhere along the way, he had to be taught this skill. Andrew Lane’s Sherlock Holmes series is about the teenage Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is growing in his ability to notice and make deductions. In this thriving series, we see the genesis of the great Holmes. Sherlock...more
Sherlock is back and going to visit his brother in London regarding Sherlock's education. When Amyus and Sherlock arrive however, they see Mycroft holding a knife with a dead man behind him. The police are convinced that Mycroft is a murderer, but Sherlock doesn't believe it for a second. He and Amyus want to prove his innocence, but it's Myscroft and Sherlock who travel to Moscow. Of course, there are bound to be many bumps in the path but hopefully they can still find Mycroft innocent.

This was...more
Diana Gagliardi
YES! I am loving this series more and more!!! THIS IS WHAT I EXPECTED FROM TONY HOROWITZ AND HIS AWFUL BOOK!!

There are so many details that look like mere flavour but take on an entirely different meaning to a dedicated Holmesian. As fourteen year old Holmes continues to create his philosophy or simply be the brilliant boy that he is you can see his future trajectory lining up directly with the Holmes we know. That we get to see a young Mycroft watch over his brother and move towards his future...more
Third in the series (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins), “Black Ice” follows the adventures of teenaged Sherlock Holmes as he tracks down clues to solve a locked-room murder/mystery with diplomatic impact as faraway from London as Moscow and which frames his brother, Mycroft. With the help of his tutor, Amyus Crowe, Sherlock is able to clear Mycroft’s name, cleverly determining that Mycroft was drugged and the murder is a set-up. But Mycroft buys into a conspiracy theory involving a vast Americ...more
James Loken
Sherlock Holmes The Legend Begins: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
3 Stars

I liked this book for the most part, but have a few complaints with the overall structure of the plot- which is: lack of action, as I am one to highly expect the quality of action in a book; which lead me to mostly enjoy the overall story, but left me a bit uninterested while reading certain parts of the book. Some examples of parts I found uninteresting are: Sherlock in the tunnel- this scene mostly describes the tunnel setting i...more
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Enjoyed the fleshing out of the character of Mycroft
More fast paced than the first story in series -- which I think will interest the intended audience a little more
Nice light humour
You can really see how this Sherlock could develop into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock
Love how the author throws in some history, science etc so subtlety that kids won't pick up the fact that they are learning stuff
The historical notes at the end are a fabulous addition
Lots of twists and turns...more
Kathy Martin
In this third adventure in the Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins series, Sherlock accompanies his brother Mycroft to Russia. The story begins with a locked room mystery. Mycroft is found in a room with a knife in his hand and a dead man in a chair. Sherlock and his mentor Amyus Crane investigate in what will be Sherlock's style as an adult and discover the plot but don't know who set the trap or what their goal was.

Further investigation has Sherlock fleeing from a villain and a group of feral...more
Yang-Ha Kim
It was a little rushed this time . . . but still pretty awesome!
When Sherlock Holmes was invited to eat lunch with his brother with his tutor, he did not expect that he would find an room with only a corpse and Mycroft with a knife. At that moment, Sherlock has fallen into a web of unclear truths and lies. Sherlock is seriously believing that Mycroft is innocent and tries to find who is behind this. This mystery leads to another, more serious and deadly mystery and Mycroft and Sherlock are keen...more
Diane Ferbrache
The young Sherlock Holmes is stuck at home. His father is away in India and his brother in London. He's left to continue his studies under the tutelage of Amyus Crowe, his American tutor. His lessons include how to track, catch fish, and analyze people. Through his lessons, the reader can certainly see the beginnings of Holmes' detective skills. When Mycroft Holmes (the brother) is caught, knife in hand, standing over a dead body, things get interesting.

In a mystery that takes the reader from r...more
This third installment was not as satisfying as the first two. Possibly it was because the story was closely involved with Sherlock's brother Mycroft. I prefer some of the other regulars and this book hints that the next one stays closer to HOLMES MANOR and that would probably include more action from Matty and Virginia. That said, there were a couple of hair-raising sections but the whole "Paradol Chamber" gang was a little far fetched and unfortunately the heart of the story. I liked the first...more
Holmes is difficult to use as a character in a book but this author did a pretty good job. This series imagines the life of young Sherlock, when he was an impressionable teen, and the events that formed his skills, beliefs, etc. I appreciated the attention to detail - the author made every effort to be consistent with the Holmes created by Doyle, and yet tried to portray a Holmes who was 15 years old. I think that someone younger and just discovering Sherlock Holmes would like this series. Lots...more
Young Sherlock Holmes is back in his third adventure. Sherlock is a teenager who is honing his deductive skills with his older brother Mycroft and tutor Amayas Crowe. Mycroft was arrested for a murder he did not commit. Sherlock and Amayas have to find out how this man died, as there was not murder weapon found, save for a letter opener which could not be the weapon. Because Mycroft works in the Home Office (this is set in England) and a few other reasons, Mycroft is released on bail. Some other...more
Cathrine Bonham
Another great installment in the continuing adventures of young Sherlock Holmes. This time Sherlock has to help his brother Mycroft get out of a murder charge. Then the brothers run to Russia to unravel an international plot.

As always lots of action and great allusions to famous Holmes stories. Though in this book I would have liked to see more Brotherly bonding. Maybe next book, Sherlock certainly couldn't have been the hero if he was being smothered by his older brother the entire time.
Tamara Richman
I'm assuming that the author and/or publisher are paying the Conan Doyle estate a pot load of money to be able to emblazon "the first teen series to be endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate." I would therefore assume that they are putting a lot of money behind these series and they might be able to afford AN EDITOR. Call me picky if you like but it's hard enough to suspend one's disbelief in SH without such egregious continuity errors. My favorite example... Sherlock gets new boots then...more
Quinby6696 Frank
This book was such fun! Young teenage Sherlock Holmes is a bit at loose ends. His father is at war somewhere or other and his mother is very sick so he is left in the care of his older brother Mycroft. When Sherlock and his tutor go up to London to have lunch with Mycroft, they discover him at his club in a room with a dead man and a knife in his hand. It looks bad for Mycroft, but Sherlock's deductive skills are sharpening daily and he is able to get Mycroft off the hook. Mycroft and Sherlock t...more
After reading Death Cloud I started on the third part of this series. Sadly enough our local library doesn't have the second part of the series, but we will be trying to arrange that some day soon. This beek was, in my oppinion, better then the first. The action was a bit less over the top, more suspense and more mystery and a even more insight into the people that will be shaping Sherlock's life.
The writing style is lovely and it really gives you a look in what could be the youth of a younger S...more
These books just get better and better as the series unfolds. This time Mycroft was in the story a lot more and it was a really good plot. I like Rufus Stone as well and you find out a lot more about him in this one. The young Sherlock is very well portrayed and the stories are often dark and brutal, especially the scene down by the docks with the wild and feral homeless kids. I like the fact that the story takes you to different places with lots of description about what it was like in the past...more
Libby Ames
In this third book of the Young Sherlock Holmes series, Sherlock's brother Mycroft is framed for murder. It is up to Sherlock and his tutor Amyus Crowe to clear Mycroft's name. That mystery is just the beginning of an adventure that sends Sherlock through the sewers of London to the streets of Moscow.

The thing I love about this series is how Lane manages to create an exciting story while building a foundation of what makes Sherlock Holmes the archetypal detective we all know. Through his story,...more
Kate Mowery
There are some serious factual errors with Alexander II-Russian history, which really annoy me.

The capital and cultural center of Russia during Alexander II's reign was St. Petersburg, not Moscow. The Tsar lived in and reigned from St. Petersburg, not Moscow. The Winter Palace is located in St. Petersburg, not Moscow. Reading the author's note at the end, it's clear lots of it was well-researched, but that "the mid-nineteeth century is a bit of a blank." What a crock of horse shit. I took a clas...more
This is a recent series about Sherlock Holmes- as a teenager. At 14 years old, in fact. It's book #3 of the series but is the first one that I read. Perhaps I don't know the adult Sherlock Holmes very well but although I liked this story a lot, I couldn't quite assimilate this boy growing up to be the adult Sherlock Holmes.

This is a very good mystery that takes Sherlock and his brother from London to the political intrigues of Russia as they search for a killer who framed Mycroft for a murder....more
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Andrew 'Andy' Lane lives in Dorset with his wife, his son and a vast collection of Sherlock Holmes books, the purchase of which over the past twenty years is now a justifiably tax-deductible expense.

Andrew is the author of some twenty previous books. Some are original novels set in the same universes as the BBC TV programmes Doctor Who, Torchwood and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), some are conte...more
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