Quick Thoughts: “Death Cloud”

unnamed“Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes #1)” by Andrew Lane

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction

Other Young Sherlock Holmes books

Source: Free download from SYNC

Summary from Goodreads:

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.


  • Interesting seeing Sherlock as a teen.
  • While he’s a bright kid, he didn’t become the detective we know him as on his own. We see him developing his deductive reasoning skills throughout the story.
  • The big mystery was impressive. I never would have figured out that was the plan.
  • Side characters were likeable enough. Matty did a good job as a sidekick. Plus he brings a very different worldview for Sherlock. I liked Amyus Crowe quite a bit. He was a good authority figure, didn’t baby Sherlock, and really pushed him. Virginia is still up in the air for me. She could be pretty cool but I’m thinking they’re going to make her a potential love interest instead.
  • Decent as an audiobook. The accent occasionally made it hard to understand.

The bottom line? It was okay. I didn’t enjoy it enough to actively seek out another book in the series.



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