He cant break down. Emotion wont get him anywhere. He must be like steel. As of this second, he has to find a solution to this crime...Now...he has to save himself.
How did Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest detective, get his start? What made him so passionate about fighting crime using his powers of observation and deduction? Shane Peacocks captivating new series The Boy Sherlock Holmes answers some of these questions in original and unexpected ways.
In The Eye of the Crow, a thirteen-year-old mixed-up mixture of a boy called Sherlock Holmes somehow gets involved in a murder investigation that could mean not only his death at the gallows but also the death of those he loves. Still unsure about what he can or wants to achieve in life, always a misfit because of his unusual family background and unique personality, Sherlock hesitates to devote himself fully to the investigation. But when he himself becomes a suspect, he has no choice but to put his formidable brain to work at solving a vicious crime that goes right to the highest levels of society.
While on the surface, the crime at the heart of this novel, the murder of an actress in an alley in a poor area of London, might seem unoriginal or too sensational, Peacock has managed to incorporate many creative elements to the story. Two things that stand out are the role of the crow from the title and the inclusion of many diverse characters: Muslims, Jews, Dissenters, and the wonderful character of Malefactor, the remarkable young leader of a criminal gang. Readers of Conan Doyles canon might be wary of such an imaginative back story for their hero, but as long as we remember that Peacocks novel is an adaptation written 100 years on from the originals, The Boy Sherlock Holmes has all the makings of a fun new series. I, for one, am looking forward to young Sherlocks next case.