The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock
It is 1868 and Benjamin Disraeli has just become Prime Minister of the British Empire. He is Jewish and thus holds utter fascination for the half Jewish young Sherlock Holmes. Many in England are offended by this turn of events and fear mongering and paranoia run rampant in the streets of London.
With this political upheaval in the background, suddenly a fiend is running loose in London, attacking young women in the dark hours of the night.
When one of Sherlock’s young friends appears at his door shaking in terror, he is once again drawn into detective work. The only problem is that when Beatrice, the hatter’s beautiful daughter, describes the fiend, she describes what Sherlock knows to be a fictional character from a popular children’s story. Sherlock suspects she is just trying to get his attention but soon realizes that they are being pulled into a dangerous game of murder and politics.
The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock is the fourth book in the award winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series written by this Canadian author.
I absolutely love this series of young Sherlock Holmes books and not just because I am a fan of everything Sherlock! Peacock manages to combine a great story along with fascinating historical detail and that is just the sort of thing I love in a book. Just enough true detail to make a fictional story seem real. Interestingly enough, in the Series 2 BBC Sherlock, this is how Moriarty gains the upper hand on Sherlock, by fabricating false details with just enough truth sprinkled in to make you believe the lies. But I digress!
If you have young tweens (ages 7 and up), they will love this series of Sherlock Holmes stories! My own son read this whole series as have I and it is a great read for mystery and detective lovers of all ages.
I wish there was a boxed set available for Christmas gift giving but they have not thought of that yet! Here is the complete set of six books.
Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 1st CaseDeath in the Air (The Boy Sherlock Holmes)Vanishing Girl: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS 3RD CASEThe Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th CaseThe Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes , His 5th CaseBecoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case