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Death Cloud

Book 1, Young Sherlock Holmes

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The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.

From Publishers Weekly

03 January 2011 – Lane (The Bond Files, for adults) doesn't quite hit the mark in this British novel (authorized by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle) that launches the Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins series, about the detective's life as a teenager. Staying with his aunt and uncle while on his school's break, Sherlock has little to entertain or enlighten himself besides his American tutor, Amyus Crowe. When a runaway named Matthew witnesses a bizarre murder and Sherlock discovers another dead body in the woods, the teens seek out the truth. On their adventures, they encounter a mysteriously evil housekeeper, beekeepers, and a ludicrously crippled criminal mastermind. Younger readers will appreciate the constant action and danger, but those already familiar with Holmes may find it hard to reconcile Lane's portrayal of an uncertain if perceptive teenager with the trademark inscrutability of the man he will become. (That said, early references to beekeeping and Sherlock's future drug addiction are nice touches, and Lane clearly did his research.) However, the inanity of the over-the-top villain (and his plan) undercuts the thrill of the adventure. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

Young Sherlock

This is a thrilling page turner book with dark scenes and worried scenes 👍

A beginning for the Greatest detective

You may remember a movie that came out some years ago about the young Sherlock Holmes which actually moved away from Conan Doyle's canon and was not that good anyway. This book however fits in with the original stories and is a very well written thrill a minute origin story. I really can not recommend it enough, and though it is aimed at teenage readers it really was a book that I did not want to put down. I was very happy to find it is just the first of a series of novels and I have already purchased the next three so if you want a rollicking good read snap this gem up now.


This book,is brilliant, a thrilling read possibly the first chapter might not drag you in yet carry on reading because sherlocks adventures had always kept me on the edge of my seat I cannot wait to read the next book!

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Death Cloud
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  • £3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries
  • Published: 04 June 2010
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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