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Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
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I've had this one sitting around since late last year and I'm now wishing I had picked it up sooner. This was a fascinating look into the childhood of one of literature's favorite characters. Now granted, this may not be the childhood Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envisioned for Sherlock Holmes, but it worked for me.

This was the story of a lonely, introverted young man who would rather be in a town square observing others than in the school he didn't feel comfortable in. He is highly intelligent but doesn't seem to care about much other than his parents who are outcasts from society for their unconventional marriage. That all changes when the murder of a young woman grabs his attention from the pages of a newspaper specializing in sensational stories. He is of the mind that maybe he can put his skills to the test and solve the murder on his own, but when his actions inadvertently cause him to become a suspect in the case, he must use those same skills to save himself.

When he is befriended by a young woman, who becomes his first friend, he realized that their is more at stake than his own life or the life of the young man who is in jail waiting trial for the killing. He is forced to utilize every resource at his disposal which puts them all in danger. His new friend, the gang of youths who help supply him with information, and even his own mother are now in danger and only Sherlock can figure a way out of it.

I'm in awe of this story and of the way that Sherlock solves the case, as wild of the ride Sherlock takes to discover the truth, not once does it come across as unbelievable. Even when crows are used as eye witnesses, this story never enters the realm of over the top. I don't want to get into too much detail since I don't want to ruin the story for you. I will say that I was engaged from start to finish and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
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