Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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)