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

When the Countess of Morcar’s priceless blue jewel is stolen, a former thief is charged with the crime, but is he really guilty? Never fear: Sherlock Holmes is on the case, and the truth will out!

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

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

Pages: 54

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

Review: This mystery is such an oddball mystery, a missing gem found hidden in a goose and very little clues to go in as to why or how or who had done it. But nothing stops Holmes and Watson from eventually piecing together all the clues and solving the mystery.

This version of the story has been shortened for younger readers and made easier to read and I found they captured all the parts necessary perfectly. It was still such a fun and odd mystery and solving it with the story is always fun and always tricky with this particular one, every time it’s such a strange mystery to put together.

I really liked the way the transcriber described the story, the illustrations were good to go along with it and had quite a lot of them between the story. This is a perfect series for anyone that wants to read the Sherlock Holmes series but is younger or struggles with the classics but still wants the experience of these fun and hard to solve mysteries.

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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