In a nutshell: enthralling new mysteries for a young Holmes
Artie Doyle can’t resist the temptation offered by a mysterious invitation to an evening of magic, and, fresh from their adventures solving crimes committed by the creepy Gravediggers Club, he and his best friend Ham are soon caught up in more intrigue and adventure. Young Artie is based on the young Arthur Conan Doyle of course, and the stories are a clever mix of puzzle, conspiracy and history – late Victorian Edinburgh is brought to vivid life. Satisfying adventure stories in their own right, with a good helping of humour to ease and then emphasise the tension, these are also excellent introductions to the works of the great man himself.
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One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve. Artie and his friend Ham are hired to investigate a series of suspicious accidents that have befallen world-famous magician, the Great Wizard of the North. It seems someone is determined to sabotage his spectacular new illusion. When the huge mechanical dragon created for the show vanishes, the theft appears to be completely impossible. Artie must reveal the trick and unmask the villain or face the deadly consequences. The cards have been dealt, the spell has been cast, and the game is afoot once more! Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in the second book of this ingenious new detective series.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, Artie Conan Doyle: The Gravediggers Club. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
Praise for Artie Conan Doyle and The Gravediggers Club:
'The ingenious plot is rich enough to keep you guessing until the very end. A great series to snatch the attention of reluctant readers away from screens and get them reading.' Carousel
'A hugely enjoyable crime mystery which this huge Holmes fan absolutely loved.' Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell
's 'I LOVED IT! A perfect combination of a classic mystery and a new adventure.' Sharleen Creasey, Seven Stories
'As soon as you turn the page, you find yourself instantly transported back to 19th century Edinburgh . . . a very enjoyable detective story consisting of some brilliant dialogue. It has a fantastic ending which makes a good impression for the rest of the series. ' Mr Ripley
'This is a clever and creative imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle as a middle school kid detective with his sidekick, Hamilton . . . I am reminded a bit of old school Enid Blyton and Franklin Dixon series novels.' GoodReads
'An entertaining story'. -- The Sherlock Holmes Journal 'A 19th century crime story, which weaves historical detail and interest into its plot to create a fast-moving and well-written novel' School Library Association
|Publication date:||22nd March 2018|
|Author:||Robert J. Harris|
|Publisher:||Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Books for Boys, Reviewed by Children|
Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons, and his dog. He is the author of many children's books, including Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, and Leonardo and the Death Machine; and he is the creator of popular fantasy board game Talisman.More About Robert J. Harris