By Shane Peacock
Sherlock Holmes, simply 13, is a misfit. His highborn mom is the daughter of an aristocratic relations, his father a bad Jew. Their marriage flouts culture and makes them social pariahs within the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the load in their uprising. Friendless, bullied in school, he belongs nowhere and has simply his wits to assist him make his way.But what wits they're! His willing powers of remark are already obvious, even though he's nonetheless a boy. He likes to amuse himself by means of developing histories from the smallest aspect for everybody he meets. in part for enjoyable, he focuses his consciousness on a sensational homicide to determine if he can resolve it. yet his online game turns lethal severe while he reveals himself the accused — and in London, they hold boys of thirteen.Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all of the seeds of the nature who has mesmerized hundreds of thousands: the relentless eye, the experience of justice, and the complicated ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is an interesting personality who's certain to develop into a quick favourite with younger readers everywhere.From the Hardcover version.
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Remember, I was giving lessons in Mayfair today? ” She motions to the west. She is wearing one of her best muslin dresses trimmed with lace, preserved as well as possible from her other life. It had once been ivory white. ” The boy nods. “I want us to walk out together tonight,” says Rose. She sits down beside him and takes one of his long white hands in hers. He knows what she means. She wants to go to the opera. They’ve gone many times before. She’s been taking him for as long as he can remember.
FIRST CLUE The crows had been looking for something. He is sure of it. Something shiny! He is all the way to London Bridge before fear catches up with him. What in the world is he doing? It will soon be past midnight. He’s never been out of doors in the city at this hour. The bridge is almost deserted. Nearly all the boats are docked: just an odd one floats on the black water. Above the endless crowds of shadowy buildings eerily lit by gas, he can see the dome of St. Paul’s to the west, the evil Tower to the east.
Education can get you somewhere, but where has it gotten his father? A goldfinch is flying by against the gray clouds. The air has cooled and it looks like rain again. Sherlock is thinking about the murder. The new Illustrated Police News is still in his pocket. He hasn’t read much of it yet, just the headline and a few words about Mohammad Adalji. He pulls it out and turns to the second page. There the lurid drawing has been reproduced from the day before. The blood. The woman. That crow. The story flows onto the next page where another picture of the victim is drawn for the reader.
Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 1st Case by Shane Peacock