Synopsis: Join world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his ever-loyal sidekick Dr. Watson as they embark on a daring adventure.

Hilton Cubitt is worried. Drawings of “dancing men” keep appearing around his house and they’re frightening his wife, who seems to know what they mean. Can our brilliant hero solve the mystery of these drawings before disaster strikes?

This thrilling tale has been retold and adapted with new illustrations, making it perfect for younger readers. Adapted by award-winning children’s fiction author Alex Woolf, it will delight bright young things aged 7+.

Release Date: 1st July 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Crime, Historical, Classic, Classic Mystery,

Pages: 54

Thank you so much to Arcturus and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: This was such an interesting case, I loved the use of coding and having the dancing men, it made it very unique. I had deduced right away that they were a code and was so glad I was right, but it may be a shock to others that read it. I loved solving this whole story and learning what Mrs. Cubitts secret was, why and what she was hiding from her husband.

This one had a little bit of a darker story too in the events that followed within the story but the transcriber wrote it in a really clever way that it would still be suitable for children. But it certainly shocked me when I reached that part as I never saw it coming at all.

I really enjoyed all the illustrations throughout the pages, I really do love how they are blended between the story, you get to see the evidence unfold whilst reading about them it’s really clever.

This is such an amazing Sherlock Holmes series and a great way of getting your kids interested in this classic mystery series.

About Transcriber: Alex Woolf is an award-winning author of over 200 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for middle grade, YA and adults. His non-fiction encompasses a whole variety of subjects, from science and the natural world to politics and social issues, but his favourite subject is history. His ‘History of the World’ has sold over 100,000 copies in the English-speaking world and been translated into seven different languages since it first appeared in 2008.

Alex is a regular author for Fiction Express, online publishers of interactive stories for schools. He writes a chapter a week, and children vote on how the story should continue. Fiction Express is read by 150,000 students from 20 countries. He has won Fiction Express awards for his stories ‘Mystery at Moon Base One’ and ‘Cosmo Mars and the Vanishing Woman’. He was also shortlisted for the Falkirk Red Book Award for his horror novel ‘Soul Shadows’. His fiction writing credits also include a science fiction trilogy, ‘Chronosphere’, The Shakespeare Plot, about Tudor spies, and a steampunk series, Iron Sky. His Victorian supernatural thriller Aldo Moon was one of Lovereading4kids’ books of the year.

His adult fiction includes the psychological thriller Mr Jones, published by Indie Novella. He is co-author of a comic ‘novel-in-emails’, Work in Progress, published by Unbound. For more details, visit his website at


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