The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fourth Case

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The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fourth Case

by Shane Peacock

Tundra | May 11, 2010 | Hardcover

The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fourth Case is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.91 × 5.51 × 1.03 in

Published: May 11, 2010

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887768539

ISBN - 13: 9780887768538

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spring Heeled Jack is on the Loose Reason for Reading: Next in the Series. Shane Peacock has made it to the 4th book in this series and in my opinion the best one so far. I've been consistently rating the books a 4/5, knowing that Mr. Peacock had something more to give that was waiting for my full five rating and "The Secret Fiend" fits the bill. Oh, the case is a bit out there but then some of Doyle's cases were also so I won't hold that against an author who can hold it all together. Sherlock, who has decided to wait until he has become a man to resume detecting, has been spending his time on his studies: academic, mental and physical, when a very close friend from childhood, Beatrice, arrives at his door saying she and a friend have been attacked. She tells a wild tale and will he come and help find her friend. One thing leads to another and Sherlock decides that this time the case has chosen him and he takes it on. Apparently, all over the East Side of London a figure who may be (or is just dressed like) the legendary character Spring-Heeled Jack is on the loose frightening women, leaving notes about chaos and finally seems to be the culprit in a gruesome murder. Sherlock is older now, at 14 years-old his studies are quite academic and he sees his future ahead of him, but unfortunately feelings keep getting in his way, interfering with logical deduction. So he continues to struggle with giving up personal feelings. Holmes' character has grown very much over the four books where he is now poised on the edge of the Sherlock Holmes character we know from the source. Peacock presents us with a fast-paced, action packed, atmospheric and at times dark mystery. The usual character's from the past books return but there are changing dynamics between friends and foes that are very different from earlier books. We get a good inside look into the political and social arena of the times as Disraeli, the first ever Jew, becomes Prime Minister. Peacock also throws a nod out to Robert Louis Stevenson in this book by having a secondary character known only as Louise for most part until eventually her last name is revealed to be Stevenson and further on we are told her father's name is Robert. I really enjoyed the mystery and was so involved in all the activities going on between Sherlock and the various characters, that while I had the suspects listed in my head I never bothered to try to figure out whodunit as I was having too much fun being wrapped up in all the other story threads. Peacock gives a major clue (to the overall story arc of the series) in this book that Holmesian fans will have solved in a heartbeat, but will make no sense to those who haven't read (or watched) Holmes before. I was excited with this reveal as I had been guessing at it for the last couple of books now and it makes book five an even more eagerly anticipated read. This book (along with the others) is well-written and I don't hesitate to recommend them to adults as well as teens.
Date published: 2010-08-22

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The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fourth Case

by Shane Peacock

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.91 × 5.51 × 1.03 in

Published: May 11, 2010

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887768539

ISBN - 13: 9780887768538

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

PRAISE FOR EYE OF THE CROW:
"The first intriguing volume in an ambitious new series ... plenty of readers will ... find themselves irresistibly drawn into his thrilling adventures."
— Booklist, Starred Review


PRAISE FOR DEATH IN THE AIR: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS SECOND CASE:
"This is an exciting mystery, well written and fast paced...."
— School Library Journal

"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

About 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 Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow, the first of the Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR EYE OF THE CROW:
"The first intriguing volume in an ambitious new series ... plenty of readers will ... find themselves irresistibly drawn into his thrilling adventures."
— Booklist, Starred Review


PRAISE FOR DEATH IN THE AIR: THE BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES, HIS SECOND CASE:
"This is an exciting mystery, well written and fast paced...."
— School Library Journal

"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

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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