The teenage Sherlock solves mysteries about two different housekeepers and faces up to a vicious sociopath in this sequel to Black Ice (2013).
In the marketplace, Sherlock overhears two strangers talking about finding his mentor and his daughter, Amyus and Virginia Crowe. Believing that the Crowes may need help, Sherlock and his friend Matty go to their home, only to find the house empty. There is, however, a clue that sends Sherlock and Matty, accompanied by the violinist Rufus Stone, off to Edinburgh. Sherlock initiates the action in this caper, not one of the adults, exhibiting his growth and integration of their teaching. Historical Edinburgh and its looming castle reinforce the sense of foreboding created by the story’s events. The narrative resolves nicely with a breathtaking ending that involves men with crossbows and a grizzly bear. The denouement indicates that the next installment of this winning series begins right after Sherlock returns from Edinburgh. This rewarding mystery/adventure novel has it all: great characters, a fearsome villain, a generous ration of suspense and hints of romance.
Fans of the previous books will devour it; new readers to the series will have no problem diving in. (Adventure/mystery. 13-17)