Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case

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Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case

by Shane Peacock

Tundra | April 8, 2008 | Hardcover

Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
After the harrowing experience of losing his mother while solving a brutal murder in London’s East End, young Sherlock Holmes commits himself to fighting crime … and is soon involved in another case. While visiting his father at the magnificent Crystal Palace, Sherlock stops to watch a remarkable and dangerous trapeze performance high above, framed by the stunning glass ceiling of the legendary building. Suddenly, the troupe’s star is dropping, screaming and flailing, toward the floor. He lands with a sickening thud just a few feet away, and rolls up almost onto the boy’s boots. Unconscious and bleeding profusely, his body is grotesquely twisted. In the mayhem that follows, Sherlock notices something that no one else sees — something is amiss with the trapeze bar! He knows that foul play is afoot. What he doesn’t know is that his discovery will put him on a frightening, twisted trail that leads to an entire gang of notorious criminals. Wrapped in the fascinating world of Victorian entertainment, its dangerous performances, and London’s dark underworld, Death in the Air raises The Boy Sherlock Holmes to a whole new level.

Be sure not to miss Eye of the Crow, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 264 pages, 7.88 × 5.38 × 0.93 in

Published: April 8, 2008

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887768512

ISBN - 13: 9780887768514

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Mystery with Authentic Holmes Elements Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This second book in the series really works on 13-year-old Sherlock Holmes character. Peacock is laying the groundwork for how the boy became the man with all his idiosyncrasies. The first book started him off on detective work and showed us where he came from. This book continues by showing how Holmes developed his deductive reasoning as he moves in to apprentice with a very intelligent but down on his luck medical man, who is far ahead of the times with his medical ideas. We see Holmes' character continue to harden as he still refuses to get close to the girl he loves as his connections with the criminal world promise a threat to anyone he should care for. In this book, it is also suggested to Holmes that having a second brain to bounce his ideas off of could only improve his ability to put the pieces of a crime together and he enlists his first partner, by divulging the details of the case he is working on to his employer. This is a tremendously fun story. Set in the Crystal Palace a famous trapeze artist falls to his death right at Holmes' feet. Holmes notices that the bar has been partially cut at both ends and the man speaks a cryptic message to him before falling into a coma. Determined to solve the case and claim the glory before Inspector Lestrade becomes aware this is more than an accident and can claim the glory as his own Sherlock finds himself in the dubious world of circus performers and theatrical types. Through his investigation it turns out that another crime, one that the police do know about, was committed at the exact same time. Sherlock may be in over his head this time as his chase takes him to the meanest, most dangerous part of London. An exciting mystery, with many familiar elements of an authentic Sherlock Holmes story, Peacock does a very good job with his imagining of where Holmes came from and how he turned into the great detective, yet flawed man. The story gets quite dark and I wouldn't recommend for young or sensitive readers. There are some slightly bloody bits and the tension can get quite intense. Everything I love to find in a good mystery! The historical elements are also fascinating: the Crystal Palace, inside the somewhat shady world of early aerialists, Sherlock's first experience on a train and the description of Victorian London, mostly the poorer and seedy sides. A great book. I'm looking forward to his 3rd case.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing good about it. This was horible I di not like it one bit neither did any of my friends.It was really boring and took me a whole moth (longer than it took me to read breakig daen) Please don't read! Read Eye of the crow and vainishing girl those oes were really good
Date published: 2009-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read, page turner!!! Young Sherlock Holmes is still upset with the loss of his mother. He decides to visit his father at the famous Crystal Palace and watches a fantastic trapeze performance. Suddenly the amazing Monsieur Mercure, or Le Coq (known worldwide) lands quite close to Sherlock’s feet. There are dying words spoken into Sherlock’s ear or at least he thinks they are due to the circumstances of the fall and the way Mercure looks on inpact and an unusual looking trapeze that smells of foul play to only him. A crime for young Sherlock to solve that involves the famous and deadly Brixton Gang and a former gang member that is instrumental in trying to solve young Sherlock’s case. An amazing read by Shane Peacock, a Canadian author for anyone interested in the original Sherlock Holmes. The detailed map of London at the front of the book draws you into the story as you follow young Sherlock around London. This is the second book in the series and I am definitely going to look up the first one, “Eye of the Crow”.
Date published: 2009-10-01

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Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case

by Shane Peacock

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 264 pages, 7.88 × 5.38 × 0.93 in

Published: April 8, 2008

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887768512

ISBN - 13: 9780887768514

From the Publisher

After the harrowing experience of losing his mother while solving a brutal murder in London’s East End, young Sherlock Holmes commits himself to fighting crime … and is soon involved in another case. While visiting his father at the magnificent Crystal Palace, Sherlock stops to watch a remarkable and dangerous trapeze performance high above, framed by the stunning glass ceiling of the legendary building. Suddenly, the troupe’s star is dropping, screaming and flailing, toward the floor. He lands with a sickening thud just a few feet away, and rolls up almost onto the boy’s boots. Unconscious and bleeding profusely, his body is grotesquely twisted. In the mayhem that follows, Sherlock notices something that no one else sees — something is amiss with the trapeze bar! He knows that foul play is afoot. What he doesn’t know is that his discovery will put him on a frightening, twisted trail that leads to an entire gang of notorious criminals. Wrapped in the fascinating world of Victorian entertainment, its dangerous performances, and London’s dark underworld, Death in the Air raises The Boy Sherlock Holmes to a whole new level.

Be sure not to miss Eye of the Crow, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case.

From the Jacket

Praise for Death in the Air:
“Peacock continues his literary derring-do in the second Sherlock Holmes novel, Death in the Air, as suspenseful and riveting as the first book….The crafty turns and twists of this mystery adventure only intensify from the sensational opening, so that you can’t turn the pages fast enough….Peacock’s writing, smart, lithe, and assured, is perfectly attuned to readers in its accessibility and appeal…” —The Ottawa Citizen


Praise for Eye of the Crow
“a thrilling, impeccably paced murder mystery.”
— Quill and Quire, Starred Review

About the Author

Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, one of four brothers. He attended school in the northern town of Kapuskasing, before studying history and English literature at university. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of six novels and three plays, and he has been nominated for numerous awards including several National Magazine Awards and the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction. When not writing, Shane Peacock enjoys playing hockey and making up characters that chase his three children around the house. Death in the Air is the second book in his popular The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Eye of the Crow, also published by Tundra Books, was the first. Shane Peacock lives near Cobourg, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Death in the Air:
“Peacock continues his literary derring-do in the second Sherlock Holmes novel, Death in the Air, as suspenseful and riveting as the first book….The crafty turns and twists of this mystery adventure only intensify from the sensational opening, so that you can’t turn the pages fast enough….Peacock’s writing, smart, lithe, and assured, is perfectly attuned to readers in its accessibility and appeal…” —The Ottawa Citizen


Praise for Eye of the Crow
“a thrilling, impeccably paced murder mystery.”
— Quill and Quire, Starred Review

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12