The Secret Fiend (Boy Sherlock Holmes Series #4)

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It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister of the Empire. Sherlock's beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice, the hatter's daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has made off with her friend. At first Sherlock thinks Beatrice simply wants his attention, and he is reluctant to go back to detective work. He also believes that the Jack everyone fears is a...
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The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th Case

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Overview

It is 1868, the week that Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister of the Empire. Sherlock's beautiful but poor admirer, Beatrice, the hatter's daughter, appears at the door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge and the fiend has made off with her friend. At first Sherlock thinks Beatrice simply wants his attention, and he is reluctant to go back to detective work. He also believes that the Jack everyone fears is a fictional figure. But soon he is suspicious of various individuals, several of them close friends.

Set at a time when many in England were in a state of fear because a Jew was running the country, Shane Peacock presents a compelling story filled with an atmosphere of paranoia and secrets and surprises played out on late-night London streets. Sherlock gets drawn deeper and deeper into the pursuit of the Spring Heeled Jack, whose attacks grow in number until it seems that there are Jacks everywhere.

The Secret Fiend is the fourth book in Shane Peacock's award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, combining brilliant storytelling with fascinating historical detail and a mystery worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This novel is written for the young adult, but adult readers will also find it satisfying.... The fast-paced adventure is a treat."
— The Globe and Mail
From the Publisher
"This novel is written for the young adult, but adult readers will also find it satisfying.... The fast-paced adventure is a treat."
-- The Globe and Mail
Children's Literature - Avee Gee
Past midnight, a knock on fourteen-year-old Sherlock's door awakens him. The knock is followed by a scream. What is the poor boy to do? His friend Beatrice stands there hysterically frightened. She and her friend Louise have been attacked by a demon and her friend has been kidnapped off the Westminster Bridge. She pleads for Sherlock to help, although Louise is quickly found without a scratch. Is this a ploy to get his attention? Or has the Spring Heeled Jack from the Penny Dreadful legend come alive? England is on brink of historical change in1868. Benjamin Disraeli, England's first Jewish-born prime minister has come to power. Appearing to have taken the shape of a bat-like creature wearing a green and black costume, the Spring Heeled Jack leaves sinister notes at the crime scenes, all in red, all in the same handwriting. No one is without suspicion including his boss, the apothecary, Sigerson Bell, who seems to be keeping a secret life, or Master G. Lestrade, the police inspector's son, who is not half the detective Sherlock is but has an uncanny ability of sneaking up on people, or perhaps one of radical speakers churning up England is responsible? Sherlock's trouble mounts with Malefactor and his band of Irregulars who bully and terrorize him. Chaos is threatening to turn London upside-down and it is up to Sherlock to figure out this puzzle. His friends' lives depend on it. Full of twists and turns, Peacock's fourth installment is a fantastic homage to the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and it fits in with the 4th grade curriculum objective using mystery genre to develop critical thinking skills. Reviewer: Avee Gee
VOYA - Heather Pittman
The Secret Fiend is the fourth book in Shane Peacock's series The Boy Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is fourteen years old and living with his eccentric mentor, apothecary Sigerson Bell. Sherlock's former schoolmate, Beatrice, comes to him for help, claiming her friend was abducted by Spring Heeled Jack. Sherlock thinks Beatrice invented the attack of the Penny Dreadful villain as a bid for his attention. Soon it becomes clear, however, that someone is donning the costume of the fictional character and creating mayhem. England is already in an upheaval over the installation of the Jewish prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, and the threat of the Spring Heeled Jack will send the city into complete chaos unless Sherlock can solve the mystery in time. Peacock has added another brilliant installation to an already amazing series. Sherlock is beautifully drawn, true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and infused with the freshness of a youthful perspective. It is a delight to watch as the young detective develops, and it is a thrill to see how the various elements of his adult persona come together. This book is more than an origin story of the famous detective, however. The mystery has a solid, fast-paced plot; the characters are carefully constructed and fully fleshed out with dynamic, complex relationships; Victorian England itself is a character, and Peacock does a wonderful job of describing the streets, the political unrest and the changing modes that mark the era. This is a truly wonderful book and belongs in any library. Reviewer: Heather Pittman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770493858
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Boy Sherlock Holmes Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,217,369
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl. The Boy Sherlock Holmes series is now published in twelve languages in ten countries and has won and been nominated for more than forty literary awards in Canada and the United States. Shane Peacock lives near Cobourg, Ontario.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Boy Sherlock book four

    I love the series, but am giving this only four stars because there is a little bit of politics in the story line. ANY is too much for me. But the book in general- 5 stars.

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