Black Ice

Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins (Volume 3)

Andrew Lane; Read by James Langton

Macmillan Young Listeners

When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in London, 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 the dead in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is entangled in a world of secrets and danger.

In Andrew Lane's Black Ice, the unstoppable teenage sleuth undertakes his third fantastic adventure, as one deadly puzzle leads only to another. Sherlock Holmes: Think you know him? Think again.


Read an Excerpt


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

“James Langton’s expert narration brings out both the fun of seeing Holmes make mistakes and the tension of observing the boy and his mentor sift through clues to reveal the sinister plot to destroy Mycroft…Manipulating the drama and pacing of his reading, Langton gives us the creeps when young Sherlock is lost in dark tunnels and keeps us glued to our earbuds when the boy is running for his life.” – AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner


“Narrator James Langton brings all the characters to life – from the Holmes brothers and Crowe to violinist Rufus Stone and the cast of the British acting troupe on tour in Russia. This episode will delight fans of Lane’s previous books.” – School Library Journal

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  • Andrew Lane; Read by James Langton

  • 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; Read by James Langton