Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Eye of the Crow


This series features Sherlock Holmes as a boy, and this story is presented as the first mystery he solves. Here Sherlock is the son of an upper-class woman who was spurned by her family when she decided to marry a Jewish intellectual, and the family has fallen on hard times. Sherlock is a half-Jewish outcast, a bright boy who constantly skips school to wander around London, and when a woman is found stabbed to death, and a young Arab boy is falsely accused of her murder, Sherlock uses his wits and knowledge of the city to try to exonerate him.

This was an okay mystery, but because it featured Sherlock as a boy, I found myself not enjoying very much, mainly because I don't believe that, even as a boy, Sherlock could possibly be so completely oblivious to things that I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into him. I thought this series had been recommended to me by some fellow bloggers, but I think it must be a different one featuring a young Sherlock. To readers interested in great Sherlockian mystery series for younger readers, I'd recommend instead Nancy Springer's excellent Enola Holmes series - there is a heroine readers can truly root for.

Eye of the Crow (#1 in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series) by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books, 2007)

6 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to reading this series. It is set for a young age group, so perhaps that explains Sherlock missing the obvious. I did meet the author and listen to a reading, so perhaps I am biased toward the series, but I'm okay with that.

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    1. I'll be interested to hear your take on this when you get to it. I enjoyed the book on the mystery level, but I never could reconcile his young Sherlock with the character in my mind, if you know what I mean.

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    2. I haven't read these, though they're often popular with our young readers here (they've won Ontario Library Association nominations in the past) but now I don't think I can. I hate it when Sherlock is not Sherlock.

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    3. My favorite "spin-off" is definitely Laurie King's series, although I wasn't thrilled with the one I recently read (and still need to review), The Pirate King. It was okay, just not up to the usual standard. I will of course continue with the series, though!

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  2. I just started the young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane and I'm enjoying it. Lane's Sherlock has much to learn, but he is making the effort.

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    1. Liviania - That must be the one that people have been recommending to me. I'll try it next. I'm okay with him having a lot to learn on the experiential level - but this young Sherlock was blind to the obvious on many occasions, which I just couldn't see happening to someone so incredibly intelligent. But that's just my take.

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