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Death Cloud by Andy Lane
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Nov 14, 2011

it was amazing

Sherlock Holmes’ fans will be in for a treat, while hopefully youngsters unfamiliar with the great detective will be inspired to know more thanks to DEATH CLOUD by Andrew Lane.

Fully authorized and endorsed by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, DEATH CLOUD is the beginning of a new series featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes and his friends as they solves mysteries.

The summer of 1868, 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to spend several months with his eccentric aunt and uncle in Hampshire. He has also been assigned a tutor to continue his studies. American Amyus Crowe begins teaching Sherlock using observation as one method. Meanwhile, Sherlock meets a young wayward lad, Matty, who lives on a boat.

When two local men are found with symptoms of the plaque, Sherlock begins to question certain elements. Sherlock, Matty, Crowe, and Crowe’s daughter Virginia are quickly caught up in a mystery that involves the menacing villain Baron Maupertuis and a plot to destroy the British forces.

Listed as middle-grade fiction, Author Andrew Lane has created a story that will hold the attention of readers of all ages. His writing is fast-pace and even some of the more unusual events seem plausible, it is after all Sherlock Holmes.

Dan Weyman does a wonderful job of narrating the story. He provides a vast array of accents ranging from British to American to European. He gives voice to all the characters’ emotions from Sherlock’s shy discussions with Virginia to the terror he feels caught in a burning warehouse. Weyman’s narration adds depth to the story and definitely brings the characters to life.

No matter your age, DEATH CLOUD will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a great story to introduce youngsters to the amazing world of Sherlock Holmes. Looking forward to young Sherlock’s next adventure.

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, Sherlock Holmes The Legend Begins, Read by Dan Weyman, MacMillan Audio, @2011, ISBN: 9781427211224, Unabridged, 6 Discs, Listening Time: 7 Hours

FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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