Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech by Andrew Lane

Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech

Written by Andrew Lane
Part of the Young Sherlock Holmes Series

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Anyone with a sense of adventure and an enquiring mind will enjoy the puzzles and questions that the likeable young Sherlock Holmes sets out to resolve. Young Sherlock determines to get to the bottom of the secrets that the adults around him seem to be keeping. With no one giving him the answers he seeks, Young Sherlock takes off for America and finds himself at the heart of a terrifying and intriguing mystery.

Reader Reviews

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  • Louis Desforges, age 13 - 'Interesting and exciting read which is a great introduction to the Young Sherlock Holmes series.  I would recommend it to readers who enjoy action and adventure stories.' Read full review
  • Liam, age 12 - 'This book was very well written by a very good author who I was interested in. When I had finished reading it, I instantly needed to read the next book in the series.' Read full review
  • James Harrison, age 11 - 'I really hope a whole lot more of Young Sherlock books come out, so, all-in-all I say: 'Go Young Sherlock'!' Read full review >
  • Benjy Randall, age 10 - 'A great all round adventure book, with lots of action. Will keep any young reader full entertained.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Grundy, yr 7 - 'The book was set with mysteries which would all come together at an exciting climax which the ideas and questions would click together.' Read full review >
  • Phoebe Allan, age 14 - 'This is a clever book that is full of suspense...His fearless journey is full of action and does not fail to amaze me in a way that only the incredible creation that is Sherlock Holmes can.' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 12 - 'This book is so good that you simply will not put it down. It is Sherlock Holmes made more easier to understand and to be enjoyed by teenagers.' Read full review >
  • Elenie Williams, age 11 - 'Young Sherlock; Death Cloud is a gripping adventure story that is so tense it will make you not want to put it down. Why wouldn't you pick it up?'  Read full review >
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 9 - 'Cracking thriller that re-introduces a classic character to a modern day audience!' Read full review >
  • Ella Hollingshead, age 13 - 'Suspense, mystery, criminals, detectives- this book is packed full of such excitement. Set in an English town, Young Sherlock looks set to be an exciting series, I can't wait to read the next book!' Read full review >
  • Jemma Rubens, age 10 - 'This book is the first in a six part series about young Sherlock Holmes. He is accompanied throughout by his tutor, his urchin friend and the tutor's daughter.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'a thrilling mystery, perfect for anyone who likes solving crimes...A great introduction to the worlds most famous detective.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'A real page turning fast-paced adventure story with plenty of action scenes and interesting characters.  A must read for older teenagers who can keep up with a more complex story-line.' Read full review >
  • Josh Hall, age 14 - 'Great plot...a book you will want to read again.' Read full review >
  • Danielle Wild, age 12 of Thomas Cowley School - I really enjoyed this book as I like books that are interesting and exciting not just a basic story line.' Read full review >
  • Callum Broomfield, age 9 - 'I would recommend buying this book, it is fast paced, in particular towards the end and is packed with vivid descriptions.' Read full review >


Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech by Andrew Lane

Sherlock knows that Amyus Crow, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn't expect to find a notorious killer, hanged by the US government, apparently alive and well in Surrey - and Crow somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the ocean to America, to the centre of a deadly web - where life and death are cheap, and truth has a price no sane person would pay...

The Young Sherlock series -

Red Leech

Snake Bite
Knife Edge
Stone Cold

Click here to visit the official Young Sherlock website.


‘Rich in period detail, it has tasters of Holmes’s deductive genius . . . a rewarding adventure’ - Sunday Times

'What a blast. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzles, non-stop action – what more could you want from a book?'
 Charlie Higson

About the Author

Andrew Lane

Andrew Lane is an author, journalist and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and son. Andrew’s passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes, made him the perfect choice to work with the Conan Doyle Estate to reinvent the world’s most famous detective in this new series.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

19th June 2014




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