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Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

Young Sherlock Holmes Books Eye of the CrowEye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

If you have read the About page, you will know that as a child, I read all the classics, as well as everything Sherlock Holmes I could get my hands on.

So when my 12 year old son brought home Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 1st Case by Shane Peacock for a school book report , I was absolutely thrilled.  As soon as he read it, I took it and read it as well and we had great discussions about it.  This lead him to go to the library and get more of the books out and eventually read the whole series.

I am a fan of any means to get a child to read!  This is a no brainer for preteens.  Sherlock Holmes has always been a popular character, and that popularity has reached a fever pitch with hit movies and hit TV series featuring this enigmatic character.

young sherlock holmes books

Author Shane Peacock

Shane Peacock is a Canadian author and his series of 6 Young Sherlock Holmes books has resulted in him winning some 50 awards.

And for someone like me, a long time Sherlock fan, it is easy to wonder exactly how a man like Sherlock became a man like Sherlock!  The Eye of the Crow, Sherlock’s first case, attempts to answer that very question.

In this first in the series of boy Sherlock books, we find out that he is the product of a mixed marriage, the son of a Jewish intellectual and his high born wife, once the daughter of country squires.  Because of this marriage, the daughter has been disowned by her parents and they become social outcasts living in poverty. Young Sherlock bears the brunt of this social discrimination.

The year is 1867 and in nearby Whitechapel a young woman is brutally murdered.  The only witnesses, a pair of squawking crows. The police immediately arrest a young Arab and prepare for a hanging. Sherlock cannot resist visiting the scene of the crime and while there discovers evidence.

The case would be closed except that young Sherlock cannot accept the police version of events based on the evidence he has observed and that famous insight he has in his observations of people and their behaviors.  He skips school to start building a case and then ends up getting arrested himself based on knowing too much about the case.

In this first case, we watch Sherlock lose his beloved mother and make an unlikely friend from an upper class neighborhood, Irene Doyle.  We meet Detective Lestrade, who takes credit for solving the crime and we see Sherlock as a boy who is a loner.  He is not accepted by the neighborhood boys because he is an oddity, nor is he accepted by his schoolmates because of his mixed background.  We see a level of repressed anger that motivates him to excel.  With the death of his mother and his expected fame and glory taken away by Lestrade, he takes a step toward becoming the most famous detective in the world.

I am fascinated to see how Peacock molds the character that will someday become the most eccentric detective of all time.

What will the next case for bring for young Sherlock?

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30 Responses to Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

  1. Krystal Kesson says:

    Hmmm….I am an avid reader….Not usually the type of book I would reach for but seems interesting. Will keep it in mind:)

  2. Nicole Adkisson says:

    I haven’t read a Sherlock book, I do love the movies though. I need more time to read, I love reading.

  3. Michele says:

    Heavens–I not only think but I know I would enjoy this book thoroughly! I am also an avid reader and of course know and love Sherlock Holmes. So this adult is going to go grab this book ASAP!!

  4. Robin Rue says:

    I’m going to have to pick up a Sherlock Holmes book for my 9 year old.

  5. Terry My Journey With Candida says:

    Not having read any Sherlock Holmes books. The Eye Of The Crow would be a very good place for me or anyone else to start. I have been looking for some new reads, so this will be perfect.

  6. PamIW says:

    I love that your 12 year old son is reading this. Very rich in detail and history and so much better than some of the books I have see out there as new releases for the pre-teens. I hope he enjoyed.

  7. Jutta says:

    I really like that your son reads! Especially in the age he is in (most of them think they are too cool to read a good book haha). I will have a deeper look into it, maybe my son will like it too 🙂

  8. Theresa says:

    I am also a big fan of any book that can get a child, especially a teen! to read! Great book review!

  9. My daughter loves Sherlock Holmes so this is perfect for her!
    Bobbi ~ Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

  10. mail4rosey says:

    Sherlock’s making his way back around to being MR. IT again, isn’t he, and I for one am glad to see it. 🙂

  11. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh I haven’t read this book but it does sound god I have to admit – I might have to pop down to the local library and see if I can find them x

  12. I loved the Sherlock Holmes books and have a collection on my Kindle. Just loved his reasoning along with Watson. This might be something I will pick up to read as well. Thanks for the review.

  13. Katherine Bartlett says:

    Now this looks like a great book! I’ll have to check it out!

  14. Slap Dash Mom says:

    This looks like a great book! I have a daughter turning 12 soon and I think she’d like it. My 8 year old might like it, too, but it might be too spooky for her based on the cover. She’s a BIG scaredy cat.

  15. BabsProjects says:

    My 12 year old loves to read. She would love to read this book and has decided she will check it in her library.

  16. Pam W says:

    I think this would be a perfect fit for the 10 year old in our family. I have always loved Sherlock Holmes.

  17. kristenione says:

    Very interesting read! I think I would like it. I love mysteries and I also like books that are not too heavy or depressing. So teen books are probably what I should be reading haha. I really like your blog. Excited to see more posts!

  18. Fan R says:

    Sounds interesting, I think I do not mind to read the whole series. It is a special talent to investigate all the misterious crimes and find the final solution. It is always absorbing to read detectives.

    Fan R
    @TeddyOutReady

  19. Amanda McMahon says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t read Sherlock homes, though most fo the boys did in my school growing up. it seems like that was the boy choice and boxcar children and sweet valley high were for the girls at the library.

  20. Jenny says:

    I was never into mysteries. I did like Nancy Drew but not all of them. I’m very picky about my books though so… xD

  21. I’m sure all of the mystery buffs will just love this book. Sherlock Holmes is a well loved character and I think it is great that they are creating new scenarios for him to participate in. Thanks for the honest and descriptive review.

  22. Kyle Wiley says:

    I appreciate the review. I loved Sherlock Holmes as a young boy as well and this book sounds like a great prequel

  23. Motherbugs says:

    This looks like a really good book I’ll keep an eye out for it as I need some new material !

  24. Melanie Roberts says:

    My son recently brought this book home as well and he quickly got hocked on the series; I love when kids read and it’s great when they can find a great author that they like… What a great review, I showed it to my son and he just smiled.. thanks for sharing

  25. disqus_QnabEZVn7S says:

    Sounds like a great read! I love mysteries, especially ones that start at the beginning, like with a young Sherlock!

  26. Debi@TheSpringMount6pack says:

    It sounds like a great book. I bet my husband would love it.

  27. David Ryan says:

    Is it available in Amazon?
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