Basil is the Sherlock Holmes of the Mouse World. His friend and associate Dr. Dawson narrates the story. Mrs. Judson is their mousekeeper. The mouse dBasil is the Sherlock Holmes of the Mouse World. His friend and associate Dr. Dawson narrates the story. Mrs. Judson is their mousekeeper. The mouse detective has learned his sleuthing skills by listening to Sherlock Holmes tell Dr. Watson how he solved his cases. Basil takes notes in shortpaw. Basil and Dr. Dawson live in the mouse village, Holmestead, in the cellar at 221B Baker Street. In this book Basil solves the kidnapping of the mouse twins Angela and Agatha. Children will enjoy this book, and grown-up Sherlockians will appreciate it even more. It is charmingly illustrated. If you like "Basil of Baker Street," there are four delightful sequels. ...more
What a fun mystery! Two American children, Xena Holmes, 12, and her brother, Xander, 10, have just arrived in London and are settling in, when they fiWhat a fun mystery! Two American children, Xena Holmes, 12, and her brother, Xander, 10, have just arrived in London and are settling in, when they find out that they are the great-great-great-grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes. They inherit his notebook of unsolved cases, and it turns out they've also inherited his sleuthing talent! And Watson's great-great-great-grandson, Andrew Watson, plays an important part in solving the case they're working on, which involves the whereabouts of a valuable painting that went missing more than 100 years ago.
In addition to the mystery plot itself, I enjoyed the Sherlockian lore woven throughout the story, the setting, the lively characters, and the way Xena and Xander learn the differences between British and American English (e.g., "biscuits" for "cookies," "football" for "soccer"). Reading this series just may inspire kids to go on to the original tales by Arthur Conan Doyle. ...more
A fun, fast-paced introduction to Sherlock Holmes for kids who aren't quite ready for the original stories. Characters, especially Holmes and the membA fun, fast-paced introduction to Sherlock Holmes for kids who aren't quite ready for the original stories. Characters, especially Holmes and the members of the Baker Street Irregulars, are well drawn, and the impression of Victorian London, with its homeless children, filth and exploitative child labor, is vivid.
I didn't especially like the unsympathetic way Watson was portrayed, but the idea behind the series is that Watson, in his written accounts, de-emphasized the important part the Irregulars played in solving Holmes' cases because he was jealous of their sleuthing talent.
At the end there's a cast of characters and a glossary including cockney rhyming slang (both of which might have been better placed at the beginning of the book), also a more detailed explanation of how to use the slang and invent your own rhyming slang, how Holmes used the art of deduction, the importance of disguises, and the various means of transportation in Victorian London.
All in all, it's an entertaining, suspenseful read for kids, and Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages.
I just finished reading my eagerly anticipated ARC of this book, and I enjoyed it enormously. The story starts off where the previous book, "The LanguI just finished reading my eagerly anticipated ARC of this book, and I enjoyed it enormously. The story starts off where the previous book, "The Language of Bees," left off. The author skilfully refreshes the reader's memory of the dark events in that novel as she follows the separate, roundabout journeys of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell back to London, and we're also given glimpses of what Mycroft and assorted bad guys are up to.
There's plenty of mystery, suspense, action and adventure, and Ms. King's prose and character portrayal are up to their usual high standard, but the highlight of the book for me was an odd, delightful man who comes to the rescue of Russell, her pilot, and Holmes' young granddaughter, Estelle, when their plane crashes in the forest. He calls himself Robert Goodman, and Russell can't help thinking of him as Robin Goodfellow, or "The Green Man," which was the author's original working title. Ms. King is also reviving her theme of the holy fool, which she used so effectively in her 1995 Kate Martinelli mystery, "To Play the Fool." "The God of the Hive" is a powerful mythic tale, with the fey Goodman at the center of it.
This is certainly one of the very best books in the Russell-Holmes series, and I highly recommend it.
This is the best yet in Peter Abrahams' terrific Echo Falls mystery series. Our heroine, 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill, is playing Gretel in a local tThis is the best yet in Peter Abrahams' terrific Echo Falls mystery series. Our heroine, 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill, is playing Gretel in a local theatrical production of "Hansel and Gretel." When a conservation agent is found murdered on her grandfather's property, Ingrid, with her trusty canine sidekick Nigel as her Watson, uses Sherlock Holmes' methods as she investigates the crime in order to clear Grampy of suspicion. This is a riveting, suspenseful tale, with a fascinating assortment of characters, that will interest adults as much as the teens and tweens it's written for....more
I loved it! This twelfth installment in the delightful Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series is a very exciting, suspenseful mystery and thriller. AfterI loved it! This twelfth installment in the delightful Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series is a very exciting, suspenseful mystery and thriller. After last year's Pirate King, a lighthearted detour into Gilbert & Sullivan and silent-film making, with Holmes notable mostly for his relative absence, Garment of Shadows, set in 1924 Morocco, gives us plenty of action and adventure, and no one can complain that there's not enough of Holmes.
The story starts out with Russell awakening, with a throbbing headache and hurting all over, in an unfamiliar room, wearing male garb and with dried blood on her hands. She doesn't know where she is or even who she is, or what she might have done, though she does figure out pretty quickly that she must be in a North African town. In eluding some French soldiers she suspects might be after her, she finds she has some useful skills, such as acrobatics, pickpocketing, and lock picking, and wonders where she learned them.
Then we're off into a very entertaining, beautifully written, fast-paced tale of spies, extremely complicated political intrigue, courage, and betrayal. As usual, there are lots of fascinating characters, excellent dialogue, a vivid setting, an intricate plot, and humor in the interactions between Russell and Holmes.
This novel stands on its own, but it's much better to start with the first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and read the series from the beginning. ...more
It's Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, in this suspenseful, well-written account of the hunt for the vicious serial murderer. This is one of the moIt's Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, in this suspenseful, well-written account of the hunt for the vicious serial murderer. This is one of the most authentic of the present-day Holmes & Watson tales that I've come across. Avid Sherlock fans like me will especially enjoy this novel, and even readers who just love good crime fiction, particularly when it's set in the Victorian era, will find it well worth reading....more