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Black Ice (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins) Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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1. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud
2. Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech (reissued as 'Rebel Fire' in the US)
3. Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice
In BLACK ICE, Mycroft Holmes invites 15 year old Sherlock and his tutor Amyus Crowe to lunch at the Diogenes Club in London. They arrive at the appointed time and a club footman ushers them in, and they find Mycroft alone in a locked room with a dead body. Mycroft is in a confused state and can't recall what happened, but he is found holding the bloody murder weapon (a knife made of ice!) in his hand. The police immediately arrest Mycroft for murder, and Sherlock and Crowe must now unravel the mystery and face many unexpected dangers in both England and Russia as the story progresses. Mycroft also plays a large role in this story because international espionage is behind the attempt to frame him for the murder; he assumes the role of business manager for a small theater company traveling to Moscow to perform.
It is good to read the books in order to fully understand the background, but this is not really necessary because each story does stand alone as is. Andrew Lane remains faithful to Doyle's portrayal of Holmes, showing us how the training and experiences of young Sherlock contributed to forming the personality and skills of the adult we know so well.
So far I've read and enjoyed the first 3 books and I look forward to reading subsequent titles in the series, which will hopefully also become available on Kindle. Andrew Lane writes well and his clever plots can keep readers of all ages interested in his stories, and I recommend his works to anyone who might be interested in stories featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes.
This was a fun one. It was nice to see some more Mycroft in this novel. Also, maybe I just didn't notice it in the first two novels, but Amyus seems especially Southern in this novel. His drawl is very apparent in this novel.
It was a shame that there was hardly any Matty or Virginia in this novel. I quite like them and Sherlock just isn't quite the same without them. I guess Sherlock has to shake them loose at some point, but I missed them a bit in this novel. Matty always had something witty to say that reminded me of Watson. Maybe Sherlock is too embarrassed to deal with Virginia currently. I hope they are back for the next adventure though.
Pieces from the previous novels start to fall into place with the Moscow adventures. It's very nice to have some of the blanks filled in and to get a better picture of what and who Sherlock is facing.
I don't know what to tell you to get you to read this series if you haven't already. I mean, it's awesome. It's Sherlock. What more do you want?!
"Sunlight sparkled on the surface of the water, sending daggers of light flashing towards Sherlock's eyes."
"Birds everywhere, staring at him with cold eyes."
I'm especially loving the development of Mycroft as a fully-fleshed character with quirks and goals and concerns. Poor Mycroft doesn't get nearly enough love in literature.
But somewhere along the way, he had to be taught this skill. Andrew Lane’s Sherlock Holmes series is about the teenage Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is growing in his ability to notice and make deductions. In this thriving series, we see the genesis of the great Holmes. Sherlock is learning how to look at a person and deduce the details he is famous for noticing. The scenes where his mentor Amyus Crowe is explaining how to testing him, really make interesting scenes.
Black Ice is the 3rd book in the Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane. In this book Sherlock’s brother Mycroft is framed for murder and Sherlock and his friends must travel to Russia to unravel the conspiracy. Filled with the type of action we expect from a good teen mystery, this book has the advantage that it is also a character we know as an adult. This incarnation of Sherlock really feels like he could become Doyles Holmes.
I firmly recommend this series for teens looking for a good action book. Similar titles include the Young Bond series, Alex Rider and Enola Holmes.
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The action, cleverness, and the craziness of the book its self. I mean, who would stab someone with an
ice knife if they didn't have a plan sorted out?! Read more
I gave it away because I didn't enjoy the Eye of the Crow.Published 19 months ago by Janet S. Geary
This is a decent outing. The book made for a good read although, after reading other readers' comments, I do wonder why so much hoopla. Read morePublished on August 2, 2014 by Drstatz
The book was very good. The way sherlock used the tips and tricks Crowe showed him amazed me. The best part was the end part when Sherlock put the pieces together. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by Kindle Customer
It was fast, fun, and enjoyable. If you've read any of the other Sherlock Holmes books by Andre Lane you will love this one too.Published on June 14, 2014 by C
All of these books by Andrew Lane have been written so that the reader can see where Sherlock came from and the skills he developed. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by coolblue
Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice is the third book in Andrew Lane's series about the formative years of the great detective and to my mind it is the best and most intriguing story... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Erin Britton
It leaves you wanting more, much more. A good tale that develops Holmes skills. Good deduction devellopment of the young man as he grows.Published on July 15, 2013 by Ken Watson