Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond, by Sam Hearn, is the first book in an exciting new mystery series which will test the skills of aspiring young detectives.
John Watson has only been at the Baker Street Academy for five minutes when he meets the eccentric, super-brained mind reader Sherlock Holmes. True to form, Sherlock manages to deduce John’s name, what he’s had for breakfast and the fact he has just been on a long journey. Bemused but intrigued, John finds that being friends with Sherlock inevitably leads to being caught up in dramatic adventures. So, when a diamond goes missing during a school trip to the museum, our determined duo find themselves with a case to solve.
Capturing all the essential components of a Sherlock mystery, it contains plenty of nudges to the original stories to satisfy the most ardent of fans. Hearn manages to keep you entertained, scattering throughout a number of red herrings to confuse and distract you from uncovering the true culprit. Told in a graphic-diary format, and packed with doodles, jokes and detective notes, this is a wonderfully accessible book which will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. A lively, engaging read that will appeal to key stage 2 children, it has already proved to be a huge hit with the children at my school.
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