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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Foolscap & Quill (May 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193814306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938143069
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extremely well written.
No BS guy
This is the second of Ms. Cypser's biographical series on Sherlock Holmes.
Philip K. Jones
A must read and I can't wait for the following 2!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Workman on June 10, 2012
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There is another series of Young Adult Sherlock Holmes books being released by Andrew Lane. Death Cloud and Rebel Fire, so far. I have them, but haven't completed them. What I have read, however, shows me that MsCypser's books are on a completely different, in my opinion higher, level.

University, the first of the sequel trilogy, is absolutely wonderful. It begins right where The Crack in the Lens leaves off, and follows through Holmes's college time. Through the novel, we see the changes that take place in Holmes's character, bringing him from a young man, violently affected by the events in the previous novel, to a capable, passionate adult who will soon fully transform into the detective we all admire so much.

Honestly, once again, I can't praise this book enough, but I don't want to write too much and spoil key plot points, either for this one or the one before it. All I can say is, go read it. This one, and its predecessor are must-have's for any Holmes collector.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on June 20, 2012
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This is the second of Ms. Cypser's biographical series on Sherlock Holmes. It begins immediately following events in her earlier book, "The Crack in the Lens." This book covers Sherlock's experiences at university, specifically at Sydney Sussex College at Cambridge University. This book does not have the dark overtones of the first volume, but it does depict Sherlock attempting to deal with the immense trauma he suffered as a teen.

Looked at in retrospect, this book is remarkable. While reading it, there seems to be action proceeding all the time, but after it is finished, the reader realizes that the `action' was mostly internal. Events occur, but most of the narrative is taken up with Sherlock's reactions and adaptations to those events. Again, while reading, worlds of possibilities open up and all sorts of consequences become possible, but really, only fairly normal things actually occur. It is a truly remarkable narrative that rings with possibilities and yet makes the events described seem to be natural outcomes of the situations. This makes it difficult to review.

I could say that the action is riveting, as it was, but there is really little action. I could say that the characters are fascinating, which they are, but most appear and then disappear, leaving their interactions with Sherlock as the only evidence of their existence. The relationship between Sherlock and Mycroft remains the same as it ever was, but it seems fuller and richer as we learn of how they shared experiences and learned from one another. So it is with the entire book. Sherlock learns to cope with stress and guilt, he learns to react to the world and he learns about himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leah G on July 13, 2012
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Darlene Cypser begins this first volume of her Consulting Detective Trilogy right where she left off with its prequel, The Crack in the Lens. At the conclusion of that book, Sherlock Holmes, still not recovered from the illness which almost took his life, struggles downstairs to his father's study in an effort to salvage his opportunity to attend university. This scene is repeated, after which we follow Sherlock in his efforts to regain his mental and physical health in time to start his studies with the new term. However, his lungs are not Sherlock's greatest problem. The events of November and December still haunt him, and it takes only his mother's careless disclosure, a glimpse of the moor or a fencing bout into the shade of the outbuildings to throw him back into what his loyal manservant, Jonathan, calls an "attack" (and what we would call PTSD). Fearful of his father's reaction should he find his son mentally compromised, Sherlock forces his way through these episodes until, by the time he leaves for Cambridge University's Sidney Sussex College, he believes he has them conquered. Sherlock begins his college career uneventfully enough, settling with Jonathan into what seem to be very nice quarters, playing "the game" by observing his fellow students in chapel, and studying the mathematics his father has prescribed. He's not overly thrilled with the subject, finding all of the memorization boring, but he wants out of Yorkshire, and becoming the engineer his father wishes seems as good a way as any. He doesn't really mesh with the other young men at his college, and his reaction to their innocent questions about his illness puts them off even further. Still, things seem to be going well for him until, one day in November, he leaves the lecture hall and walks into a snowstorm.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Blue Carbuncle on December 25, 2012
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This series has got me hooked. I generally don't care for Holmes stories that try to add "facts" to Holmes life as portrayed in the canon that suddenly come to light later during his career. But this continuation of "The Crack In The Lens" is developing the character of young Sherlock in ways that are totally believeable and in keeping with the character of Holmes as we came to know him under the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thoroughly enjoyable and addictive. Can't wait for the next volume.
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More About the Author

Darlene is a writer and attorney. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Colorado. Darlene Cypser has been an avid follower of Sherlock Holmes for over 30 years. She is a member of a number of Sherlockian groups including Dr. Watson's Neglected Patients (which she currently heads), the Hudson Valley Sciontists and The Hounds of the Internet. She was a legal adviser to Leslie Klinger in his case regarding the Sherlock Holmes copyrights.

The Baker Street Journal (the official publication of the Baker Street Irregulars) published two articles that she wrote about Arthur Conan Doyles' stories in the 1980s and published her piece on "Adventures in Copyright" in 2014. Her first Sherlock Holmes novel was "The Crack in the Lens" which is followed by "The Consulting Detective Trilogy."

Darlene has written number of papers and articles which were published in magazines and professional legal and scientific journals on international space law, liability for induced seismicity, landlord and tenant law, intellectual property law, tax law and motion picture production and distribution. Darlene's first fiction published was a ghost story published in October 1992 by the Boulder Daily Camera.

Darlene is currently working on a Master's degree in History at the University of Colorado Denver. Darlene loves reading and writing about history, science, and law, as well as fiction. She also enjoys hiking, cooking and photography.


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