Night Break by Andrew Lane

Night Break

Written by Andrew Lane
Part of the Young Sherlock Holmes Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

There’s something addictive about the Young Sherlock books and Night Break will have young readers hooked from the very beginning. Sherlock and his brother Mycroft are called back to their family home for the funeral of their mother and while the sense of loss is affecting enough, the family seems to be caught up in a strange and menacing mystery: three men in bizarre disguises break into the house; someone attacks their sister’s fiancé. Mycroft and Sherlock deduce independently that the mystery is connected to the building of the Suez canal and Sherlock – feeling betrayed by his brother – sets out for Egypt determined to discover just what is going on. The plotting is excellent, the period detail convincing, Sherlock’s observational skills will fascinate and intrigue readers, and as ever the story feels absolutely true to Conan Doyle’s characters. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Death Cloud. You can read their reviews below.

  • 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 >


Night Break by Andrew Lane

Sherlock's mother has died, his father has disappeared in India and his sister is acting strangely. The Holmes family seems to be falling apart, and not even brother Mycroft can keep it together. But while Sherlock is worrying about all of this, a man living nearby vanishes in his own house while Sherlock and Mycroft are visiting. Where did he go, and what is the connection with a massive canal being built in Egypt? The answer will rock the world, and tear the Holmes family apart!

Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure in Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock series as the teenage Sherlock Holmes investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever crooks.

Click here to visit the official Young Sherlock website.

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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304 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

10th September 2015




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