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Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case Hardcover – October 9, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Boy Sherlock Holmes Series

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Finalist - 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award (Children's Text)

“And so the end comes to the beginning of the story of the world’s most beloved detective….The series has courageously woven together famous people, popular myths and the street-level views of London. The mysteries, themselves, contain the illusive clues so reminiscent of Doyle’s work…. The story is ripe with premonitions…. Readers … will find this a satisfactory and hang-on-to-your-seat read. It was sad to know this is the final installment....”
–Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

“…Peacock concludes his stellar saga with a final mystery…. This is a solid period mystery. Peacock once again uses London as a character…. Such characters as Irene Doyle, Malefactor (who will become Moriarty), Lestrade, and even a whiff of Watson all contribute to a feeling of authenticity … this is a strong story. The ending is exciting and unexpected. This is an excellent conclusion to a wonderful series.”
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About the Author

Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, both titles in his boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario
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Product Details

  • Series: The Boy Sherlock Holmes (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770492321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770492325
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: Last book of the series!

It was a rather bittersweet feeling to picking up the last book in this series as I knew some finality would come so that Sherlock could go on to become the man he would be in the Doyle books. Sherlock's future has already been written. How would this gap between youth and manhood be handled?

The story concentrates on a passionately, deadly final head-to-head between Sherlock and his mortal enemy Malefactor, and his two henchmen: Grimsby and Crew. While not working actively on cases at the time he stumbles upon information that Malefactor is up to something tremendously criminal that could infiltrate the government for years to come. So he starts poking around and a murder is committed. Knowing everything is connected to Malefactor and his henchmen Sherlock sets about to see them all caught and hanged for their murderous ways and treason. Unfortunately, there really is no mystery here. It is wits against wits, the various powerful characters against each other and the creepings and goings on late at night, but no real mystery for the reader. We know what is going on. At the end we are hit with a twist ending that while I didn't see it coming, I can't say it surprised me and I wonder at it's authenticity to the Sherlock Holmes cannon. Would young Holmes do that? Did he need to, to become the man Holmes?

On another level, his relationships are all wrapped up in this book. He and Lestrade agree on how they will handle themselves from here on in. He puts to rest his relations with Beatrice and Irene and they agree they are also of the past. Sigerson Bell, his mentor, is ill but he finished his job properly before his time comes and he leaves Sherlock well looked after to continue his studies.
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It really had the potential to be the best in a really weak series of young Sherlock Holmes adventures. Sigerson Bell and his incredible persona is still here for a last bow, the author focus on Crew -one of his few really interesting and complete characters- there is death, mystery, grim graveyards, lethal snakes. But even if you had taken the overall portrayal of Holmes as a poor London boy clothed in rugs with a pinch of salt, even if you managed to ignore his slip into petty theft (Vanishing Girl), and even if you tolerated the late evening chit-chat with Benjamin Disraeli (Secret Fiend), there is a firm red line draw on murder. Sherlock Holmes, a murderer?! For the love of God, mr. Peacock! There is serious offence here, I think, to every true Sherlockian, to every true friend of the great detective, to all the principles of Arthur Conan Doyle's character. We should feel privileged that the author left him alone, after this book.
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A fantastic sequel of novels about the young Sherlock Holmes, that, even if not written by Sir Conan Doyle, are very very interesting, because they give you a perfect idea of how people lived in Uk several years ago.
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Interesting from beginning to end. Quite a good job of developing the young Holmes.
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