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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
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Jul 09, 11

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Read in June, 2011

This imagining of the early life of Sherlock Holmes -- including a tantalizing glimpse at the origins of his opium addiction -- is a nice bit of play. Sherlock is not a smart-assed, know-it-all teen; rather, he is separated from his family for a summer and is uncertain of the role he plays in his cold uncle's house, and he looks to his older brother, Mycroft, for solace and direction. Refreshingly, he's portrayed as a human teen with human abilities and insecurities, including an unarticulated crush on his tutor's daughter. The story moves along at a nice pace, although several sub-plots are introduced and abandoned (maybe meant as red herrings?), which is frustrating. And the ending SERIOUSLY strains credulity, but we're meant to believe that Sherlock has simply exercised the powers of deduction for which he was so celebrated. Later.

All in all, an afternoon well spent for fans of mysteries and of Sherlock Holmes. And if you liked it, another adventure is set to be published later in 2011, although it may not make it across the pond for several months following that...
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