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Black Ice (Young Sherlock Holmes) Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512008
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lane's writing is detailed, with scenes of exquisite terror: an underground chase, with Sherlock running from long-nailed children; a museum where he is attacked by a hawk with razors attached to its talons. This is a world of shadowy conspiracies and sinister groups who have agents everywhere; where the waiter might be a traitor, and nothing is what it seems. A hugely enjoyable treat for budding gumshoes.' --The Daily Telegraph

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Young Sherlock Holmes is back for his third fantastic adventure. Sherlock Holmes: think you know him? Think again.

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Format: Paperback
So far, I've picked up and enjoyed each of these wonderful new tales featuring a young Sherlock Holmes and to be honest they've been thrilling, there has been mystery and above all else a cool clear deductive mind solves the clues as they appear with tips of the hat to the original Conan Doyle texts.

What this, the third instalment, offers the reader is pretty much a lot of the same. The writing is crisp, the storyline addictive as well as well thought out and the characters evolve as new skills come to the fore for them all. Add to this a larger role for Mycroft in this tale and its one that was a lot of fun to read. My only criticism of this title is that it felt that it ended a little abruptly and transferred back to a familiar location almost as if a chapter or two had been cut from the story. All in it is fun but to have it end in such a way I felt was unfair to the reader who after traveling along with the Holmes' fir the full story deserved to meet one of Mycroft's contemporaries.
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This is the third book in this series and, I think, the best so far...SO READ THIS BOOK!!!!....its sooooo good!!!

Sherlock begins the story in Hampshire, not far from Farnham. He is being taught more and more about the world by his tutor. He is more able to use his skills of deduction and this is nicely developed.

He is then thrown into turmoil by the arrest of his brother, Mycroft, and a new adventure begins......

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel that the author is nicely leading us to an adult Holmes by developing Sherlocks view of he world and explaining where his amazing skills came from.

In this part of the series Sherlock travels to Russia and learns to distrust people a little bit more....he also begins to learn to banish his feelings when necessary..... I liked how this was put into the story as it explains how he becomes colder as an adult.....although, obviously Holmes is also really caring about others and the world, as is Sherlock..... but he has to learn self reliance...to grow up, if you will......

The story is a fast paced adventure of secret police, murder, imprisonment, Tsarist Russia and actors!!

So READ THIS BOOK!!!!......ITS REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD........

(... AND I look forward to learning more about the ever present Mrs.Eglantine in the next book)........
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This book took me by surprise when I finished it, the story line was so amazing and Mycroft had a bigger role in the book too.

You really start to see Sherlock develop more into the character we know and love from the original books. Black Ice starts off like a Young Sherlock book and then turns into a canon style Sherlock book with the investigation of the crime scene and finding clues that the police couldn't find and the typical Sherlock deductions too but still keeps the feel of a Young Sherlock novel.

This book is the best in the series so far. Well done Andrew Lane for the brilliant series!
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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 in the series so far.

Black Ice begins with some classic `locked room mystery' action as Sherlock Holmes and his tutor, Amyus Crowe, travel to London to visit Mycroft, Sherlock's older brother, at his Club. Shortly after arriving at the Diogenes Club, Sherlock and Amyus hear a commotion coming from the Stranger's Room [the one place in the Club where it is permissible to talk] and, when the door is unlocked from the inside, they discover Mycroft, knife in hand and puzzled expression on face, standing over a dead body. While the police may believe it to be an open and shut case, Sherlock is far from convinced and so, aided by Amyus, he sets out to clear his brother's name.

Of course, the mysteries that Sherlock Holmes becomes embroiled in are never straightforward and in Black Ice young Sherlock must face danger both on and under the streets of London, suss out which of the various shady characters can be trusted, and piece together political intrigue that necessitates a hazardous journey to Russia, all the while avoiding dive-bombings for murderous falcons.

In Black Ice we really see the character of young Sherlock be shaped into that of the famous detective as he struggles to banish emotions and really solely on logic [there's always been something of the Vulcan about Sherlock Holmes]. His detective skills and deductive reasoning are really shaping up too, which is just as well since there is less of a guiding role for Amyus Crowe in this book.

With Amyus playing less of a part in the adventure, in Black Ice we get to learn more about both Mycroft Holmes and Rufus Stone.
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I consider a master piece of magnificence, interrogation
and action! When I first got the start book which as I recall 'Death Cloud' they all seemed too complicated but in actual fact it was explained beautifully with as much explanation as a dictionary.
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This is the third book in Andrew Lane's ongoing series of young Sherlock Holmes novels:

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.
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