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While Death in the Air isn't as strong a story as Eye of the Crow , it's still a good read in its own right. I do feel that Sherlock's character was a bit weaker in this 2nd book, which is unfortunate. I chortled a bit at the character of Sigerson Bell and the obvious homage to Dr.


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Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes as any Sherlockian worth their salt is aware. In the end, I just regret that Sherlock and his father weren't able to reunite during their time of adversity. I know grief affects While Death in the Air isn't as strong a story as Eye of the Crow , it's still a good read in its own right.

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I know grief affects us in many different ways, but Sherlock is barely years-old, and I can't condone Wilberforce Holmes' willingness to just let Sherlock slip away from him. Sherlock is still a child and still needs someone to look out for him, and it shouldn't be left up to strangers like Sigerson Bell, no matter how kindly an old man he might be. Oh well, no series is perfect, and I remember that Death in the Air was the main reason why I never read any further. Oct 13, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , adventure , young-adult. On an outing to the legendary Crystal Palace, Sherlock observes trapeze artist Monsieur Mercure Le Coq performing high above the audience plunge to the floor, his body twisted and broken.

Among a host of familiar faces is Malefactor the sinister young crime lord whose devious, cunning, and smitten with independent and stubborn Irene Doyle. Jan 15, Nathaniel Ubana rated it liked it. People like this are barely human. Previous characters such as the young crime lord Malefactor and the friendly Irene Doyle return, while Inspector Lestrade and his son are given a much larger role. Since this case involved acrobats, my interest in the mystery waned, and only due to the involvement of a gang of thieves did I stay until the end.

But, the scenes of Sherlock disguising himself and using his deduction skills were enjoyable and the part when he was distraught and angry with failure was something I understood quite well. I believe that this sequel provided a decent, yet slightly uninteresting case mostly because of the acrobatic portion , but did a good job introducing a new character and setting up for the next novel. I intend to read the rest of the series and see how the rest of the books turn out.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Apr 21, Kate rated it it was ok. Now that I know who this version of Holmes we can go off into the mystery. I know that Holmes is young here so I shouldn't be expecting him to act like the Holmes I know but it's there. I'm also finding myself waiting for Watson to walk on screen, I mean we already have young! Lestrade so why not Watson?

I know it's going to take time for Holmes to rise but I'm really ho Now that I know who this version of Holmes we can go off into the mystery. I know it's going to take time for Holmes to rise but I'm really hoping in the third book something happens to get something going. I love Sigerson Bell too, just have to put that out there. He amuses me. Especially when Holmes came in and thought he was dead when really he'd chloroformed himself. I'm not abandoning ship yet but I hope the next book is better. Nice continuation of the series.

The murder plot is more elaborate this time around, and I find the use of a view spoiler [double motive hide spoiler ] interesting. I do have some small, nebulous beeves with Sherlock's characterization.


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  • He should be growing into himself, become more distinctively and specifically the character we know from canon, but instead he's beginning to seem genericized. I believe that he believes in justice, even desires it earnestly, but to act like it's really his chief motivation? Either Sherlock is kidding himself, or Peacock is kidding us. Irene's reduced presence is appreciated. I don't dislike her, but her sidekick role in the first book verged on marysueism.

    Characters this idealized work better when they're confined to parts where idealization is expected — like the object of a romantic rivalry, which is exactly what she is here. I also like the expanded presence and slightly shaded-in characterization of Lestrade fils. The idea of making him sympathetic to Sherlock and apologetic about his father's dismissiveness is an interesting one.

    Side note: I'm not sure, but I think he's been retconned to be a bit older than in the previous book. I love love love love love that this story averts the view spoiler [doomed mentor hide spoiler ] trope. Although it's possible that's just being saved up for a future book. The copy editing at least in the ebook edition I read seems worse than in the previous book. Doesn't affect my score; I'm just noting it. Nov 11, Ian rated it really liked it. Sherlock Holmes has already solved the Whitechapel Murder and is now destined to become a detective.

    Now he decides to pursue the trapeze murder. The mystery sucked me in it like a whirlpool and the characters where detailed. My favorite character is Malefactor, the evil crime lord, and Sherlock's rival. He is the head of the Irregulars, a gang stealing from the streets.

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    I like Malefactor because he is very secretive and ambitious about stealing. Although the characters were detailed, they were not realistic. Sherlock Holmes and Malefactor are too lucky.

    An actress. There's your first clue, Sherlock.

    Shane Peacock Describes Old London in an interesting way and in great detail. You can solve this mystery alongside the young Sherlock Holmes. This book builds on characters in previous books in the series. I would recommend this to any detective book fans. Oct 16, Ann rated it really liked it. I love Sherlock Holmes stories. I read the entire Conan Doyle collection fairly recently and could read it again. I love Laurie R. King's stories imagining Sherlock in his later years with a young wife who matches many of his talents. I came across this young adult series by a local author and decided to give it a try.

    I like it.

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    Shane Peacock imagines a young Sherlock. The very first scene at the Crystal Palace with the high-trapeze performance pulled me in and other than I love Sherlock Holmes stories. The very first scene at the Crystal Palace with the high-trapeze performance pulled me in and other than a little eye-rolling at the teenage boy's confusion over the lovely Irene, I found the adventure rewarding. I particularly liked that young Sherlock doesn't get it right every time. He is not yet the seasoned detective he will become, but he does learn from his mistakes.

    A good addition to the Sherlock chronicles. Apr 24, Yalonda rated it liked it. Here is a young Sherlock who is as dark and unemotional as the Doyle version! I am enjoying Peacock's writing style. I can immerse myself in the setting and feel like I am in that time. This feels like Sherlock should! I am getting concerned about this Sherlock though.

    He is turning into a whiner who says he wants to stop crime but only seems interested in proving he is just as good as his 'betters'.

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    I get the impression his goal is prove he is not limited to his station in life first and to sto Here is a young Sherlock who is as dark and unemotional as the Doyle version! I get the impression his goal is prove he is not limited to his station in life first and to stop crime second. This is not the Sherlock I know!

    However, several other characters e. Bell, young Lestrade, Malefactor continue to be factors on the development of young Sherlock. I am willing to give the next book a chance to further engage my interest. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this book was interesting, there were multiple confusing parts which i had to re-read out of confusion like when the Swallow rescues Sherlock from his death on page I was also a bit surprised when the Swallow admitted that he was once part of the Brixton gang.

    Apr 23, Nilyiah rated it it was amazing. Good mystery story.

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    Feb 03, aem rated it liked it. I like thes stories about young Sherlock holmes Jun 15, Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it. Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This second book in the series really works on year-old Sherlock Holmes character. Peacock is laying the groundwork for how the boy became the man with all his idiosyncrasies. The first book started him off on detective work and showed us where he came from. This book continues by showing how Holmes developed his deductive reasoning as he moves in to apprentice with a very intelligent but down on his luck medical man, who is far ahead of the Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

    This book continues by showing how Holmes developed his deductive reasoning as he moves in to apprentice with a very intelligent but down on his luck medical man, who is far ahead of the times with his medical ideas.