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Young Sherlock Holmes 6: Knife Edge [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Andrew Lane
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12 Sep 2013 Young Sherlock Holmes

Something sinister is afoot in the house in the west of Ireland in which Sherlock is staying. There are frightened whisperings among the servants and the house's owners are clearly scared. But who - or what? - has terrified them so much that nobody will speak out? Young Sherlock must bring all his powers of deduction to unravelling his greatest mystery yet.

Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure as teenage Sherlock investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever criminals.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230758878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230758872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lane is a lifelong Holmes fan and it shows. Young Sherlock is very much worthy of the original and if Knife Edge is anything to go by, the series as a whole is cleverly conceived and well-executed. . . Lane has an easy way with characters, and even the ones almost incidental to his story clearly have a life of their own. This is a stylish and entertaining version of Sherlock that can be happily placed beside the originals in the library of any fan. (crimereview.co.uk)

Of all the follow-on Sherlock Holmes series, this is almost certainly my favourite - it captures the essence of the great detective, explains many of his later traits and foibles that make him unique, and, on top of that, makes for a brilliant story, brilliantly told. First class. (Books Monthly)

[Lane's] classy, intelligent stories are fast-paced with thrilling plots, plenty of action and marvelous mysteries which are a real treat for youngsters who like their books to be a challenge as well as a cracking adventure. (Lancashire Evening Post)

This is an extremely good story which will appeal equally to male and female readers thanks to its clever mix of derring-do, intelligent reasoning and the confusions of young love, and it is bound to enthrall many young people and encourage them to seek out the original stories. (The Book Bag)

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Something sinister is afoot in the house in the west of Ireland in which Sherlock is staying. There are frightened whisperings among the servants and the house's owners are clearly scared. But who - or what? - has terrified them so much that nobody will speak out? Young Sherlock must bring all his powers of deduction to unravelling his greatest mystery yet. Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure as teenage Sherlock investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever criminals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge 14 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
In Knife Edge, young Sherlock Holmes is back from his Paradol Chamber-enforced sojourn to China and once again finds himself thrust into the middle of deadly deception and international intrigue. Disembarking from the Gloria Scott in Galway with the intention of securing the fastest transport possible back to England and his old life, Sherlock is surprised and more than a little pleased to be met at the docks by his older brother Mycroft. Of course, where Mycroft Holmes is concerned matters are never straightforward and, while he is sincerely pleased to see his younger brother return home unharmed, he also has an ulterior motive for meeting Sherlock in Ireland.

Mycroft is on a mission for the British Government and is tasked with investigating the bona fides of a supposed psychic named Ambrose Albano who is currently holed up in Cloon Ard Castle, home of Sir Shadrach Quintillan. Quintillan intends to run an auction in which representatives of various international powers will be able to bid for the opportunity to have Albano use his psychic powers exclusively for the benefit of their government. Mycroft has been sent to Ireland to act as the British representative at the auction but first he is tasked with ascertaining whether Ambrose Albano is actually the legitimate, powerful psychic that he claims to be. It is for this investigation that Mycroft hopes to make use of his brother Sherlock's noted skills at rational deduction.

Knife Edge has all the action and fiendish puzzles that fans of the Young Sherlock Holmes series have come to expect and enjoy. As a young man Sherlock is not yet quite the logician that he will become but he still has a keen eye for detail, a healthy scepticism and a knack for getting straight to the root of a problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always 29 Jun 2014
By Alex S
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I've loved this series since the very beginning, and Knife Edge is no exception. While the character of Sherlock is still very, very different to the man in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, the novel is entertaining and gripping. Definitely recommended to anyone who liked the previous novels, but those who haven't read them yet should before looking at this, and fans of the original stories should be aware that this is very different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story 10 Jun 2014
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As with the other stories in the series of these books I remained thoroughly engrossed & found it difficult to put down. Looking forward to the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 May 2014
By Maria
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Sherlock Holmes and you are not a true Sherlockian if you dont read this !
You will not be able to put this down!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts the mustard 14 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Young Sherlock Holmes isn’t one for a quiet sit down and a biscuit. We join him at the beginning of Knife Edge, the sixth installment of Andrew Lane’s Young Sherlock series, high in the riggings of a ship. He’s returning from China, after having been kidnapped and taken to Shanghai by the evil Paradol Chamber in the last book. Now he thinks he is coming home, but life just isn’t that easy for young Sherlock.

This time, and slightly unusually for the series, the story isn’t set up against a backdrop of factual historical events. Instead the old gang is based at a spooky old castle in Ireland, with smugglers’ caves, a one-eyed psychic who appears to have the ability to communicate with the dead, and a mysterious Dark Beast that inhabits the mists. With that set of ingredients it is simply not possible for an adventure story to go wrong.

Knife Edge is great fun. The villains are villainous, the mysteries are mysterious, and the tight plot sweeps you along whilst leaving just enough time for a budding detective to be able to join in. That sense of satisfaction when you can get to an answer faster than Sherlock is tough to beat.

Andrew Lane has said that he had fun writing the book because it reminds him of the Enid Blyton Famous Five stories that he used to read as a kid. The spirit of adventure in Knife Edge beautifully recalls the atmosphere of Blyton’s stories (though there is perhaps a tad more peril and murder in this). And of course, as with all good mysteries, both confirm the idea that if everyone thinks about the problem logically then the answer, however improbable, will be revealed. Sherlock would probably give the lashings and lashings of ginger beer a miss though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 6 Feb 2014
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I read these books to my young son at night and we really look forward to each evening. Andrew Lane writes with such descriptive power that he is an inspiration to any young student hoping to emulate him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Lane is a legend!! 29 Jan 2014
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As an eleven year old girl, I thought it was fantastic.
It is a brilliant book and I couldn't put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 6 Jan 2014
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This book reminded me so much of the famous five (books I read a few years ago) but obviously a more advanced and might I say interesting read. I can't wait for the next book and to see what unfolds in relation to the paradol chamber.
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