Acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg continues her hilarious middle-grade twist on Sherlock Holmes as detective duo Shelby and Watson face a culprit who might be able to do the impossible--outsmart Shelby.
Eleven-year-old John Watson never expected his first friend in his new Harlem neighborhood to be Shelby Holmes, a nine-year-old, four-foot-tall supersleuth whose incredible smarts are outweighed only by her big attitude. But it turns out that solving mysteries with Shelby is just the adventure that aspiring writer John needs.
On John's very first day of school in New York, Shelby deduces that their new science teacher, Mr. Crosby, is in trouble. But as Shelby and John dig deeper to expose the truth, they discover there might be someone unexpected involved . . . Someone determined to outsmart Shelby Holmes. Can Shelby and John uncover the truth before the case goes from puzzling to downright dangerous?
Don't miss the rest of the Great Shelby Holmes series:
The Great Shelby Holmes
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match
The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case
About the Author
Elizabeth Eulberg is not a detective (or so she claims). She is, however, the award-winning author of middle-grade novels The Great Shelby Holmes The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, and The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case, and internationally bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and Just Another Girl. Elizabeth lives outside Manhattan, where she spends her free time stalking English bulldogs in her neighborhood and filling her brain attic with random pop-culture facts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES MEETS HER MATCH is absolutely adorable, so much fun, and full of fantastic Sherlockian references. The story itself was fast paced and highly entertaining. I loved reading through Watson's perspective and watching Shelby put her deductive reasoning skills to work. The characters are charming. Both are such a great take on the classic Holmes and Watson characters. They have a lot of the same characteristics and quirks, but Eulberg has definitely put her own spin on them to make them relatable and enjoyable for a modern audience. The dialogue throughout the story is cute and witty and everything I'd hope for from a middle grade novel. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was through the language Eulberg used, she really turns the idea of white as the default on its head. Every white character is described with their skin color like we see in most other books when characters of color are described, and I thought that was fantastic. This is definitely something we need to be more aware of as readers and writers. I'm also a huge Sherlock fan, and I really loved all the witty Sherlockian references sprinkled throughout the book. They were fun little Easter Eggs for readers to uncover. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it both to MG readers as well as Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages.