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Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

Young Sherlock Holmes Stories : Vanishing Girl by Shane PeacockVanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

A wealthy young girl vanishes in thin air in front of a large crowd of people near Hyde Park and nobody sees what happened.  Even more shocking,  over 2 months after the girl has disappeared and is presumed dead, a ransom note surfaces at Scotland Yard.  The missing girl is connected to the beautiful Irene Doyle, and so Sherlock, driven by his need to repair his relationship with Miss Doyle and show the world that he is the master detective of all time, decides he must solve this case at all costs.

By now, in this third book of the series Vanishing Girl: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS 3RD CASE  everyone is against Sherlock.  Despised and ridiculed by Scotland Yard, bullied by the local street gangs, rejected by Irene Doyle, Sherlock races against time to save the girl’s life as well as an innocent young boy.  His desperation clouds his judgment and causes him to make a near fatal mistake.

Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock is the third book in the award winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series.  It is in this book that some major character development takes place in young Sherlock.

Throughout much of the book, he is not all that likeable and comes across as arrogant and self centered.  His motivation to solve the crime is fueled entirely by self interest.  He wants to prove them all wrong and have the world see just how great he is. He wants to win back the affections of Irene. In other words, he is behaving like a somewhat normal teenage boy.  This boy however is not like your average teenager and happens to have superior powers of deduction and a driving need to succeed.  However his superior intellect does not allow him to see that lives are hanging in the balance and there are consequences to his actions and inactions.

In this book we are starting to see some insights into the eccentric and gifted but somewhat troubled adult Sherlock.  I found it fascinating!

Sherlock fans of all ages will enjoy this series of 6 Sherlock Holmes stories about the young Sherlock.

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33 Responses to Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

  1. My brother is into these kind of things.. I’m sure he will enjoy to read this.
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  2. Elise says:

    Interesting! I’m sad to say that I’ve never actually read a Sherlock Holmes novel. My husband often summarizes the stories in an effort to get me interested. Maybe I should try gettin some of them in audiobook form!

  3. Karen says:

    I love a great crime book but I’m not sure I like the idea of the main character
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    • Anita Breeze says:

      Well its all part of watching the growth of this character. As a mother I was frustrated to see this kid (who is the same age as my son) make mistakes and not have a parent to guide him. But by the end of the book he does figure out that he must use his gifts for the greater good of mankind and not for his own self interests.

  4. Maria says:

    Sounds like a good read! My mother is a big fan of the genre. i’ll be sure to pass the word along to her.

  5. Michele says:

    I have of course read the original Sherlock Holmes and seen one or two of the movies on TV–this is the first I am hearing about this series about the young Sherlock–might just have to pick one up and see what it is all about,
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    • Anita Breeze says:

      I was introduced to the Boy Sherlock series by my son and as a long time Sherlock fan, I was very interested to see how the author would have imagined Sherlock as a boy. I find every tidbit of Sherlock to be utterly fascinating!

  6. I would really love to start reading this series to my kids. I hope it’s age appropriate for them because they both like mysteries and this sounds like a great series.
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    • Anita Breeze says:

      I think my son brought home the first book as a school project in Grade 6. There is no swearing, no graphic details or violence. I think the most disturbing part for my son was to see how kids lived in poverty on the streets of 19th century London.

  7. That’s enough to make me start reading the entire series. It sounds so good, and it’s been forever since I read a mystery!
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  8. Terry says:

    I am wondering if this isn’t something I should get this and start reading it myself. You make it sound so good.

    • Anita Breeze says:

      This series is classified as Young Adult, but then I also thoroughly enjoy other YA series such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight and so on …

  9. Theresa says:

    I love a good mystery! Though I bet I would get frustrated with his arrogance in the book.
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    • Anita Breeze says:

      Yes, that was frustrating. He is a socially awkward boy and it all makes sense if you watch his character as an adult. I hate his manners in the Sherlock BBC series but having a couple kids with ADD myself, one of the hallmarks is being brilliant but socially inept. So some forgiveness is in order.

  10. That sounds like it would keep you on your toes. I have to read it now to see if he cleared his name.
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  11. Pam says:

    I have enjoyed all the Sherlock Holmes books so I need to check out the series that details his teenage years. They sound like fascinating books.

  12. Mommy2Jam says:

    This sounds like a great read and I would love to pass this book along to my boys. I was personally not a fan or never got into the Sherlock books. I think this would be more for my boys, this does sound like a great stocking stuffer for them for Christmas.

  13. It is great to get more of an in-depth insight into the adult Sherlock Holmes. It’s always great to get to know the main character in this way.
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  14. Le-an Lai Angeles Lacaba says:

    How thrilling! I’d love to read this, it sounds like a great mystery book!

  15. Rosey says:

    I love that Sherlock Holmes is making such a big comeback, I’ve bee seeing his name everywhere, and I like that the series goes back to when he was a boy.

  16. katherine says:

    I bet my husband would really love this book!

  17. Find this story interesting based from your review. It will be nice to know the end of the story.
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  18. 113tidbits says:

    Spending quite a bit of time in local library since no web at home. Will give this book a look through.
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  19. patricia says:

    I am not a big fan of Sherlock Holmes books but this sounds like a good read.

  20. Ashley Gill says:

    I personally am into Romance, but I know my sister would love this book! I may have to send it to her for Christmas! Thanks for the idea!
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  21. Interesting story, I may read it if I find some time, think that Sherlock is definitely dedicated teenager and have all the skills to lead the case to the end.
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  22. I’m a huge Sherlock fan myself. I will have to pick this one up. I love reading his stories.
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  23. Robyn says:

    Sounds like a great book. I will recommend it to my younger cousin.
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  24. Aras Androck says:

    I love reading Sherlock Holmes novels. I’ll look for it on Amazon.
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  25. How about in Scribd? I hope it’s also available on Scribd.
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