Black Ice

A third case for teen Sherlock involves a heinous crime . . . and a brother with blood on his hands
When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, in London, all they are expecting is lunch and some polite conversation. What they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for dead bodies in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is afoot in a world of secrets and danger.

Black Ice is the third book in Andrew Lane's series Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins.


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Sunlight sparkled on the surface of the water, sending daggers of light flashing towards Sherlock’s eyes. He blinked repeatedly, and tried to keep his eyelids half-closed to minimize the glare.
The tiny rowing boat rocked gently in the middle of the lake. Around it, just past the shoreline, the grassy ground rose in all directions, covered in a smattering of bushes and trees. It was as if it were located in the middle of a green bowl, with the cloudless blue of the sky forming a lid across the top.
Sherlock was sitting in the bow of the boat, facing backwards. Amyus


Praise for Black Ice

"A solid mix of adventure and character, this may be the best in the series so far." —Booklist

"Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy the electrifying adventure and value the insights into the character traits that make the adult Holmes so fascinating." —Kirkus Reviews


Praise for Death Cloud and Rebel Fire:

"What a blast. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzles, non-stop action. What more could you want from a book?" —Charlie Higson, author of the internationally bestselling Young Bond series

"Should impress the detective’s fans of all ages . . . An elementary success story." —The Independent (London)

"Death Cloud is the perfect way to introduce this character to a new generation of book readers." —Book Zone (for Boys)

"Rich in period detail, it has tasters of Holmes’s deductive genius and insights into how his character was made, plus a diabolical villain . . . A self-contained and rewarding adventure." —The Sunday Times (London)

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle left many clues to Sherlock Holmes’s origins in his tales, but it has taken Andrew Lane to do the detective work of ferreting them out and fitting them together into an intelligent, authentic, persuasive, and downright exciting depiction of the English boy who will one day become Mr. Sherlock Holmes of 221B Baker Street, London, the world’s first consulting detective. Lane’s teen Sherlock Holmes comes to life in Death Cloud and the other volumes to come in the series: it is a profile Conan Doyle would not only recognize, but greet enthusiastically as consistent with his own image of the character. So it is with both pleasure and pride that his Estate endorses these books for young adult readers, who will become readers of Sir Arthur’s own Sherlock Holmes stories in turn." —The Conan Doyle Estate

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  • Andrew Lane

  • ANDREW LANE works for the British government and has been an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan since the age of ten. He has written numerous spin-off novels based on the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who and is the author of The Bond Files: An Unofficial Guide to the World's Greatest Secret Agent. He lives in Dorset, England.

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Black Ice

Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

Andrew Lane

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